Race, Class, and Gender Oh My!


By: Rebecca Martins

It isn’t a surprise that we live in a society where inequality still exists. Even though we all smile when we are in a classroom and talk about how racism and inequality are terrible, there are some people who hide their racism. What many people don’t understand that many factors fall into what makes our society unequal. Race, class and gender.



When we hear the word race, we usually think about the typical feud between white and black people, since it has existed (and still exists) for many, many years. With our society today, many people from around the world are coming to live in America. We now have Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, Europeans, etc. all living in our country. Now it isn’t just the issue of racism, where we make assumptions and isolate people based on their skin color, but now it includes prejudice where we isolate and make assumptions on someone’s ethnic background. How can we promote equality for those who want to live in the US, when we are constantly making fun of everyone due to their race and ethnic background?





Ah, the good old class discussion. Social class and race actually go hand in hand, which isn’t a surprise to most of us. There is your typical poor vs. wealthy class struggle where it seems that no matter how hard and long someone in the bottom class works, they will never reach their highest goal of achievement income wise. While those who are in the upper class are seen as people who were simply born into their social class, without doing much work or struggle. Now let us bring race into this. We often categorize race into different social classes. Blacks and Latinos are often seen as poor, low classed people that struggle to make a living. On the other hand, whites and Asians are seen as the money makers of society who are super successful. How can there be equality, when we are put into different subcategories over everything?




The issue with gender isn’t that there is categorization, it is that gender is socially constructed, especially through social media and our pop culture. Women are often portrayed to sexualize themselves and be seen around multiple men, provoking them. Men are the ones seen as hardworking, ahead of the household, but are seen to be surrounded by women. Not only is gender sexualized, but racist and sexist stereotypes are often formed as well. How are we supposed to promote equality, when we are expected to act a certain way in society due to our gender?




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