Compassion Deficit Diversity In The United States

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A study conducted by Miller, Rainie, Purcell, Mitchell, & Rosenstiel (2012), for the Pew Research Center, evaluated different community types—including urban, suburban, small town and rural communities—on various measures, including education levels, income levels and racial and ethnic makeup of their populations. What was found in regard to the differences between these communities was that suburban areas, in comparison to urban areas, have higher income and education levels. Large cities, or urban areas, were found to have one of the highest rates (35% of the population) of income levels below $35,000 a year (Miller et al., 2012).
What is more, urban areas also have the highest levels of minority populations, including African-American
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Essentially, Compassion Deficit Disorder works to deny people the status of victim (Hancock, 2011). Due to the widely ranging political beliefs of the current candidates for presidency in the United States, there has been heated debated on the issue of racism. It is in these debates that Compassion Deficit Disorder is seen. Instead of educating oneself to the realizations of the disadvantages and lack of power that minorities have had throughout history, some white people deny that there is still a problem with racism in the United States. A concrete example of Compassion Deficit Disorder in regard to the election and racism, is Donald Trump’s idea of deporting millions of people back to their home countries. Essentially, people in support of politics like these are perpetuating Compassion Deficit Disorder by ignoring the hardships these people have faced and their reasoning for coming to the United States to begin with. They are denying that minorities have been victims of oppression in …show more content…
While having a low socioeconomic status provides students with a lot of issues on its own, combining the disadvantage of poverty with being a minority can make success for these students even more difficult.
It is important for teachers and staff of urban schools to educate themselves on the histories and oppressions of these of these groups. While Miller et al. (2012) notes that many of the teachers that work in urban high schools are in fact minorities themselves, it cannot be assumed that experiences for all students are the same. Education is especially important for teachers or staff that did not grow up in urban areas or in areas where there was not a high population of low-income or minority students. An example of this is in a program like Teach for America, where less than half of those employed are people of color, less than half came from low-income backgrounds and more than 60 percent of them have experienced someone in their family graduating college (Teach for America, 2016). This is important because without the knowledge of what it is like to be a part of a campus that is under resourced, teachers might not know what to expect or how to relate to and manage issues regarding this lack of

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