How Does Class Shapes American Society?

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Being mistreated by a medical practitioner reminded me of how important race and capitalism are in American society. My mistreatment mirrored both the past and present injustices that people of color continue to endure in the United States. In the United States, race and capitalism are structural issues that are difficult to remove because they have been ingrained into the system since its conception. The mere freedom on which the United States was founded is the reason why capitalism continues to thrive. Nevertheless, that freedom is also a curse because it provides the opportunity for greed/inequality to surface. Thus, wealthy individuals like President Donald Trump can direct focus on the macro level. On the other hand, the same scenario can happen at a micro level. My past ordeal is a representation of how class shapes American society.…show more content…
For instance, in Hollywood, it took 74 years before, Halle Berry, an African American actress, won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Before her, other stars won the award, but never in the best actress category. However, Berry’s triumph also represented the lack of representative roles that women of color received in the arts. She won the award for portraying a harlot – a limited representation of a black woman’s talent (Murch 2003). Berry’s accomplishment represents how black actresses must work quadruple as hard compared to white actors along with black men to be recognized. In Oprah Winfrey’s “Master Class,” African-American actress Cicely Tyson described black women’s struggle as, “white men are at the top of the chain, next are white women, following are black men, and black women complete the bottom of the chain.” Tyson’s statement speaks volumes on the gender and racial discrimination faced by black women. Despite the country’s inequality, black women repeatedly defy the odds by contributing their greatness to American
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