Social class is more important than race-ethnicity when it comes to determining the characteristics of a family. This is mainly because social class reflects a family’s financial capability which dictates their lifestyle. Individuals of various social statuses lead experience that vary in practically all angles-childhood, instructive encounters, work vocations, marriage and family encounters, recreation, neighborhood conditions, and medicinal services (McLeod, 2013). All these ways of life are largely impacted by an individual’s social class rather than race. A poor white person can have a similar lifestyle to that of a black financially deprived family. Taking an example of education which is closely associated with social class, it can be attained by members from any race who is wealthy. On the other hand, it cannot be attained by poor people whether they are white or black, among other ethnicities.
Additionally, people’s or rather, our life chances are determined by our social statuses. Life changes mean the opportunities that lead one into obtaining resources which are considered as desirable in the society. Persons who are financially well-off in the society have a higher status, are more powerful, and hence, have better life chances. For instance, a wealthy person in society can have some form of control in the government. In other words, rich people have the power to control the way the government functions. Leaders in the government depend on them to fund not just their campaigns but they also allege to give financial support to various programs run by the government (McLeod, 2013). As a result, they tend to ask for favors that in the real sense, enable them to achieve what they want in life. For example, a rich person might have their way by negotiating with the government to impose little taxes on their businesses. Even worse, sometimes they tend to bribe the leaders with large amounts of money so that their interests can be safeguarded. Practices such as imposing little tax on wealthy people enable them to become wealthier each day. Better still, people who belong to a high social class can participate in politics so that they can continue having control over resources as they wish.
While race-ethnicity ought not to be the main factor in a significant life choice, it is frequently mulled over when deciding a family’s qualities. While newer generations are viewed as progressively “receptive” and bigotry is to a lesser degree an issue than it used to be, regardless it exists (Beeghley, 2015). Social class is critical in how a family acts and its practices, yet race is additionally significant on account of the social effect it has on the family. On the off chance that anything, some people consider both ethnicity and social class s equally significant.
Racism at each degree of society has made accomplishing middle-class status hard for African Americans. Preceding the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, slavery and after that lawful isolation made it almost unthinkable for Blacks to work in expert positions or to gain property, speculations, and different resources (Beeghley, 2015). In spite of the obstacles confronting them, through tirelessness and diligent work, some African Americans have had the option to move into the average class. The Black middle class presently is a developing populace that is simply starting to get insightful consideration. Most research on African Americans has concentrated on the Black urban poor, which has made the Black middle class moderately imperceptible to the two researchers and media.
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McLeod, J. D. (2013). Social stratification and inequality. In Handbook of the sociology of mental health (pp. 229-253). Springer, Dordrecht.