Class And Race

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Compare/Contrast Class and race are important demarcation factors in America in determining educational and job opportunities, as well as income level. In his essay “Class In America”, Gregory Mantsios outlines the widely held beliefs about class in the United States. In more recent times The New York times released a series of articles “Shadowy Lines that divide” by Jenny Scott That talks about class in modern society. Both articles analyze the gap between the poor class and the upper class, but both have different opinios on In “Class In America” Mantsios talks about how American people hardly talk about class, or they don’t like too. “If someone were to ask a person to describe himself or herself, he or she would most likely not mention his or her class, such as upper class or lower class” (Mantsios, Class In America, 308) He or she would be more likely to tell their race, geographic location, or industry. It is as if Americans don’t like to say what class they fall under. It would also be considered “rude” if you were to classify another person as a certain class. Gregory Mantsios wrote, “Class is not discussed or debated in public because class identity has been stripped from popular culture. The institutions that shape mass culture and define the parameters of public debate have avoided class issues, In politics, in primary and secondary education, and in the mass media, formulating issues in terms of class is unacceptable, perhaps even un-American” (332). Although talking about class is looked down upon, something needs to be done to stop the endless cycle of the rich getting richer and the poor becoming poorer. In the series of articles “Shadowy lines that divide”, the author Janny Scott outlines how class is still a powerful force in American life. How over the past three decades, it has come to play a greater role in important ways. A time when
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