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Poverty And Justice Essay

  • Submitted by: dramamama14
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 271 words

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Sociologists do strive to achieve “comparable results”. However, this is an unfair statement. People often believe that we are in the land of opportunity [which is true], but that is only for some, making situations uncomparale. When “white households will accumulate wealth faster” (Shapiro, 179) the American Dream is not real. Everyone can’t achieve their dreams on hope and effort. The fact that “white homes actually increase in value” (Shapiro, 175) while black homes decrease   in value shows the racism that is so deeply rooted in America’s institutions. We cannot take pride that our achievements are our own. Because “barriers to homeownership prevent poor people from gaining access to the most widely used method for attaining wealth” (Yinger 367) proves Kristian right, because somehow we’re going to have to convince society that we need to prioritize blacks in economic growth. J.T., in Gang Leader for a Day, told us to get to know people. Without a PhD he knew that problem isn’t what you are but what you have (like a job differentiating between an Afro American and a negro, (Venkenesh, 16). In addition, the truth is so obvious. If poor neighborhoods are one of the few sociological phenomenons that we’re well aware of, why do people blame blacks instead of try to understand and help their plight? I think it may be because   the possibility that we can help it, that we are all perpetuating it, might be too much to bear. How can we possibly tell society their heavily clung to American Dream is tainted, and for only one type of American?

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