“We are pretty much alike” is not true by Nur Izzati Ab Rahman

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In the “Introduction Part 1, Race, Gender, and Class” article, I learned that people have distorted opinion about the oppression of race, class, and gender. Society still has the conception that race, class, and gender have made some lives value more compared to others. From example from the book, Hurricane Katrina is considered as the “leveling experience” from nature. It shows that all kind of people without discriminating from one another are the same because nature does not discriminate. The writer wants the reader to find ways to transform the social arrangements instead of reproducing the existing one. The only way to change our view is by paying attention to different group experiences and use new angles of vision to see things differently. When we talk about feminism, it is not about how women are victims of men and men-hating issues but, how these two genders are related as a group in the society.

 

File photo of a man clinging to the top of a vehicle in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

From article Yeskel and Burroughs, I understand that that the gap between rich and poor people becomes bigger and income inequality has grown as well. What we can know from this article is that poor people keep making less money and unable to improve their class status. The fact that there is no way to climb the social ladder is terrifying for me.  People would want to improve their social status so that they can live more comfortable lives. People often judge someone’s class by many ways including the language used, clothing and etc. The first part of this article discusses gendered privilege by asking a lot of question that applies to many kinds of situation. By answering the questions, we actually can know is there any gendered privilege that we have encountered throughout our lives. This article also has a section titled “Too Poor to Parent” which is for me a very heartbreaking and at the same time critical issue for the parents that were not given chances to raise their children. I believe that it is wrong to take the parents’ right for their children. The government should help these poor families get away from poverty instead of separating them. The parents were accused to neglect their children but, they were working to make money for their children. The actual reasons were ignored and the parents were to blame.

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What I understand from the article “Attending College Doesn’t Close Wage Gap, and Other Myths exposed in New Report” is that white people are still getting the privilege despite the education level. Other myths including raising kids in a two-parent household, working full time, and spending less do not close the wealth gap. This article includes bar graph that compared white, black and Latinos for each type of comparison. What we can see is that white people are the people that obtain most wealth in every category. Despite all of the data, I think that trying to climb the social ladder is not wrong and we should keep trying until we get a chance to have a better social status.

The article “The Asset Value of Whiteness,” explains more about the racial wealth gap for different types of category including education, family structure, full- or part-time employment, and consumption habits. This article is the elaborated version of the article “Attending College Doesn’t Close Wage Gap, and Other Myths exposed in New Report.” Attending college cannot overcome wealth inequality between races. For example, “the median Latino adult who attended college has similar wealth to the median white high school dropout.” This proves that we are still cannot overcome the racism in the US. In conclusion,  we should admit that the existence of racial wealth gap and to solve the problem, we must identify the causes of this issue. It will take some time to solve this problem because we have lived many years in discrimination in regard to race, gender, and class. Therefore, we should stop the discrimination and start to live new lives.

#women’s power #badfeminist #feminism #women’s right #stopdiscrimination #racialoppression

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