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Letter To My Nephew

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“Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class.” –Matthew Arnold. Social class is a touchy subject for most people living in America and around the world. Throughout history people have been born and raised in a certain social class depending on their society, what city they were born in, race, parent education and so on. Someone born in Haiti would probably be in a different social class rather someone born in upstate New York. For a while it was hard to move up in your social ranking, but to some extent is still true. Does race have anything to do with poverty? The War on Poverty was an effort in America to end poverty for good, some people claim we won the War on Poverty but do statistics show otherwise? In James Baldwin’s Letter to My Nephew, he addresses many issues with race.…show more content…
You were expected to make peace with mediocrity.” I believe that he is trying to address the issue that African Americans in that time period were held to specific standards. African Americans at this time had unrealistic conditions set on them just because of the color or their skin. Many African Americans at this time were poor and the majority did not live in great conditions whereas whites were generally in the upper class because that was just how society worked in the 1960’s. Another thing he states is that “You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason.” Blacks in the 1960’s were often stereotyped, humiliated and dehumanized. Some people in minorities today however are way above the poverty
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