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ROBERTO ACUNA “When I asked her why she was crying she never gave me an answer. All she said was things would get better…/ that day she thought would be better never came for her” (8). This seems to exemplify the proletariat struggle a sense of hopelessness where a hope for a better day would never come unless there is a revolution. Child labor, something frowned upon in the communist manifesto is exactly what we identify here as well. There is a sort of romanticism that makes it admirable for children to work on the farm in the aim of achieving “a little gold star” (8). And of course, it is the migrant children who were taken out to do such labor. Indeed this issue of child labor cannot be over emphasized. It must be stated though that we can never really criticize the existence of child labor since it supplemented the wages of the family which would have otherwise been very little. Therefore, the question here is that would it really be proper to abolish all child labor when it serves as a source of income for the family? The concept of acceptance is another major issue we identify in many case studies be it gender, status or racial. In Roberto’s case, it is mainly racial. Some joke, “When I get to be rich, I’m gonna marry an Anglo woman, so I can be accepted into society” (9). This is by far the most hurtful how your status in society in your job is affected by your race. The growers happen to be Anglo and turn to have the power to make all the decisions while the farmworkers are non-Anglo and are powerless in every way having no say in the terms dictated to them. My uncle once mentioned to me that even though he makes so much money and he does his work very diligently he cannot get promoted beyond his current rank because he is black. It is easy to push racism aside as a thing of the past but surprisingly it is still a rampant issue

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