Equality Under The Law Gonchar Analysis

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In the article, “Equality under the Law? Investigation Race and the Justice System,” by Michael Gonchar, he states that under the fourteenth amendment all human beings should be treated equally, but there has been proof that contradicts that right. The theory that we can fit into this article is social conflict theory. Social conflict theory refers to the imbalance of equality. An environment where the rich and powerful benefit more than the poor because of segregation of class, race, gender created by institutions. We believe that the author has made an argument that supports social conflict theory because there are a variety of Times articles that examine how our system treats black citizens and minorities in comparison to white citizens. …show more content…
Undocumented workers are taken advantage of by being put into some of the most labor intensive jobs. In the Yakima Valley, we notice this occurs to a lot of Hispanic workers who need to make an income for their families. The landowners, are aware that they are not documented and often times use their power of authority to retain them for minimum pay. The mindsets of those in power consists of “they are better off now than they were before.” All of our parents have migrated from different countries in search of a better life, but because of lack of education, they are forced to work in the fields to be able to provide for our families. Our parents have experienced harsh conditions as lack of restrooms, no lunch breaks, dehydration from the exposure to the sun, as well as a demand for longer working hours in a day. Hispanics are taken advantage for their labor which is worth a lot more than they are being paid. The fourteenth amendment was designed to provide all American citizens the equity among people. People who are rich and powerful are able to provide their children with the education so that they can stay in …show more content…
Within the education system principals of Hispanic, African America, and Native American cultures receive a lower pay than white principals. We have noticed that before in history after Brown vs. Board of Education, school systems in the United States are still separate and unequal. For example, doing our last group presentation, one of the groups showed statistics of how much the principles of four different elementary schools are being paid within our area. The principle that is being paid the most is race white, but he had less experience compared to someone else who had more experience but was being paid less because she was part of a minority. In conclusion, we agree with the authors arguments and find them to provide support for conflict theory, because we have observed that in the case of the jobs, and the educational systems, the wealthy continue to have a lot more benefits over the types of job benefits and education that they receive and how much richer in power the continue to get. Those with the most power are able to live a better life and remain protected, reinforcing that those who are wealthy obtain power from the poor. Our observations clearly support our argument, and show that there is proof in our experiences that support conflict

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