Social Classes

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Social Classes There is no denying the fact people want to be treated equally and have fair opportunities to succeed. Most people verbally support equal opportunities for all, but in the U.S. and many other countries around the world a dirty little word exists called "social classes." Many countries around the world are divided into two to three classes, the upper class and the lower class. Some countries such as the U.S. have a middle class which contains and adequate amount of wealth. The middle class is by no means rich, but simply a class which lives modest and has a couple of luxuries at most. First it is important to identify social classes and second examine the classes to see if people are treated equally. Activists sometimes will create protests and devise plans if the people they represent are not treated fairly. In the U.S. a plan called Affirmative Action is supposed to reverse employment discrimination against minorities.

Welfare is another plan which is supposed to bring financial equality to the lower classes.

There is a myth in the U.S. that no classes exist, everyone is equal, and basic health care and education are provided to all regardless of economic standing. It is important to note that classes do exist in the U.S. Fifty percent of Americans hold less than 3.5 percent of the nation's wealth. One in seven people live in poverty. These studies alone say there is a huge lower class of people which have little wealth. There have been many studies which say families with high income produce children which score better on SAT tests then families with low income.1 On might think that a poor student would want to work harder to get into a good college and get a good job and earn a...