Bigger Thomas struggles to cope with the inequalities and injustices of a 1930s Chicago’s society in which whites dominate blacks. Bigger’s semblance of a personality and his actions throughout the book are the results of pressures forced upon a black man in a predominately white society. The by-product of this unequal and racist society was the creation of Bigger Thomas, a murderer and rapist, who feared, hated, and longed to have power over the white society that birthed him. Society, media, rules and regulations set by whites influence Bigger’s whole being; he is excluded from society, yet expected to fulfill its stereotypes. Bigger and his family are forced to live in poverty due to the constraints shoved on them by powerful landholders and the rich, white ruling class.
It shows how inconsiderate and cruel humans can be. To treat others badly just because their skin is darker is outright absurd. Men have to learn from this type of bad behavior and stop racial profiling and discrimination. In the story, the Invisible Man struggles to meet the goals set forth by white men. He is expected to have a low wage working class job, as he is seen as inferior to white people.
However what had formerly been viewed as a charity program aimed at helping helpless mothers, and females, was now being seen as a waste of time and money. America’s increasing economic problem caused great resentment toward welfare programs and to their recipients. White middle class America did not like the ideas of their tax money going to support other, especially when many of the white middle class had full time jobs. Nationalized reports of welfare fraud were all it took to convince the middle class that all welfare recipients were lying and cheating the system. Americans who felt overtaxed had something to blame it on now the more they resented welfare the worse the stereotype became, soon they were all drug users, who never intended to work just live off welfare, and the only reason that their children were starving is that they were spending the money on other things.
Secondly, that these freed felons –who are disproportionately African Americans - are discriminated against when it comes to employment, making them even more miserable. However, Michelle adds that those lucky few felons who happen to secure any kind of employment soon come to realize that they are not any better than those who didn’t, because all their earnings are again drained by the numerous legal payments and fines required of them. Furthermore, she describes a situation where those employed are as helpless as the unemployed; they both are hungry, yet they can’t get food stamps or welfare. To cope with the agony of being treated as second class citizens who cannot vote, Michelle says that on one hand these felons choose to nurse their wounds of stigmatization by either remaining silent or lying about their criminal status; and on the other hand they (together with others affected directly or indirectly) have also chosen to embrace their stigma -as evidenced by the gangsta culture so
Crooks is wary of being exploited even though he has not much to lose but it seems, like everyone else on the ranch, he is isolated by others and even himself because he is coloured. This links in with the 1930's america Great depression where people isolated each other. This also links in with the racism at the time where coloured people were thought as inferior to the white men. These two facts suggest it was difficult to live at those times
Slaves were provided bad living conditions and less food. They were forced to work in harsh environmental conditions without taking proper rest. They were treated very badly and were used to whip by their owners without any reason. Overall life of slaves was very bad and in trouble because of their owners. According to Northup, the persons who defend the slavery considered the slaves as their personal property because they have bought those slaves and have paid for those slaves.
The Ewells were poor, dirty, and very rude people, whose family is known all throughout Maycomb. What is interesting is that, when Tom is being questioned, they ask him why he helped Mayella when she asked him. His answer was that he felt bad for her. Even though both classes, black and poor are discriminated against, it is still unjust for a black person to feel bad for anyone, because blacks were the lowest in class at the time. The Cunninghams were people that were not necessarily discriminated against, just misunderstood.
Class prejudices can have a negative effect on a person’s judgment. Poverty deprives people of common necessities like food, clothing, shelter and clean water. Poverty is the lowest form of class or status a person achieves in their standard of living. Poverty can deprive people of opportunities to learn in order to obtain better employment and enjoy the respect of fellow citizens This type of dilemma is clearly seen in the story “Everyday Use” where the main character Dee is seen treating her family unkindly. She speaks down on the way she was brought up as well as her ancestral ways of living.
In the article, “The War Against the Poor Instead of Programs to End Poverty”, Gans Herbert discusses the vision of poverty in America and the place of poor people in the society. According to Gans, they are discriminated and criticized; thus, he describes the situation. Nowadays, there are still inequalities between people in America. Welfare recipients are viewed as ineffective and causing problems. Instead of helping the poor, people criticize them, for everything they do or not.