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Transcript of Classism
An Ongoing Struggle
What is Classism?
Classism is discrimination and an ongoing conflict based on social or economic class. The upper class has the most power because of their resources, and have been oppressing the lesser classes since before the 1800s.
The lower classes are the Working class and poverty.
Working class jobs include fast food workers, receptionists, and cashiers. Poverty, unfortunately, rarely has an occupation.
by Sarah P., Lilyana R., Annabelle S. and Kellen V.
What are the Effects of Classism?
Members of the middle class, according to a Pew Research Survey, are almost twice as likely to be laid off or fired as a member of the upper class, yet also are laid off or fired half the amount of time as the lower class.
According to a Pew Research Survey, only 20% of people who are a part of the lower class are, overall, happy with their life. 87% say they constantly experience stress.
45% of members of the lower class say they have had trouble paying for medical care.
Back in the 1300s, the number of poor people had increased significantly with the arrivals of plagues and wars.
Classism has existed since as early as the 1600s in the form of royalty.
In England, beggars were whipped and sometimes executed, and colonists brought these ideas to America.
Myth: Anyone could find work, and poverty is a consequence of personal failure.
How did Classism Emerge in the USA?
Settlers began to oppress the indigenous peoples of America.
The poor worked for food and shelter at crowded, dirty poorhouses.
Reality: It was because of low wages, poor working conditions, and a falling economy.
There were too few jobs for too many people, due to industrialism, immigration, urbanization, and plantations.
Children of the rich would have much leisure time to play and rest, while poor children would work hard in factories and on farms.
Wealthy children would also often be tutored at home;boys were taught history and math, while girls were informed on how to be proper wives and caretakers.
Poor people had many industrial jobs such as working in factories and on farms.
Many children from poor families or orphans would work in factories as young as six years old.
These kids would get little or no pay for their hard, long labor.
Around 1875, some of the children at orphanages were not actual orphans.
Extremely poor families who could not take care of their own children would give them away to an orphanage.
Poor families would adopt kids who were old enough to do work for them.
What are Examples of Classism in the 1800s?
Members of the upper class, according to a Pew Research Center survey, are thought to be more intelligent and hardworking, yet greedy and dishonest.
In the late 1890s and the early 1900s, members of upper classes were denoted by if they owned a servant or not. They were known as the "servant-keeping class."
The groups of social classes are the upper class, upper middle class, lower middle class, the working class, and poverty.
The upper classes are the classes with the most wealth.
Typical jobs of the upper class include CEOs of large companies, celebrities, national politicians, and jobs in the medical field.
Classism is still a pressing issue today.
Jobs of the Poor
"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Rich People's Jobs
The rich people were mostly business and land owners.
Slaves and poor people worked in these factories, and were employees for businesses.
Some other jobs of the rich would be lawyers, doctors, and political figures.
The middle classes include the upper middle class and The lower middle class.
Occupations of the middle classes include lawyers, accountants, teachers, and police officers.
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