Analysis Of The Article ' Culture Of Poverty ' Essay

1599 Words Oct 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Many people in America see racial progress in the country and see that racism has become a thing of the past. However, there still remains a racial wealth gap in the United States. According to the article, Oscar Lewis’s “culture of poverty” created the idea that African American families are “caught in a tangle of pathology.” Pathology is how a typical disease behaves; therefore, he is saying that the reason the families are in such a state is because of their own doing. This ideology is called post racialism. Another myth that is dispelled is the idea that African Americans tend to have soft skills, and not the skills of an educated worker. The article shows that African American males hold the least amount of jobs in construction and maintenance than other races in America which require a low amount of educate, but produce higher wages. However, in service jobs such as cashiers which also require minimal education, but offer low wages African American males are the highest concentration. The reason there is a gap is not due to financial illiteracy, which means that they do not necessarily know how to manage money. It is hard to manage money if there is not much money to mange in the first place. An example the authors used was the Wall Street crash in 2008. The loss was not due to the shareholders financial illiteracy of the shareholders. This analogy is not exactly apples to apples, but it shows the point that it is not the fault of African Americans making bad…

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