Racism In Race In America

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The price of poverty is not just economical. The way in which our country is structured is that those with the least amount of wealth have the least amount of influence. This leaves entire communities systematically barred from uprooting their situations. Many people would argue that these aforementioned individuals should just vote, or work harder, or focus on family values. But in Race in America, our course book, the important argument and distinction is made between superficial representation and substantive representation. Even if these communities—many times of color—voted, it is possible that their representation would not have their best interests in mind, with a number of other special interest groups offering an asset that these communities do not have: money. This leaves the communities with no power to stop the effects of environmental racism, higher insurance costs, and higher rates of disease. Place Matters illuminates how a healthy neighborhood requires certain conditions. The solution requires a …show more content…
The documentary makes the point that “The health challenges of low-income Laotians, Vietnamese and Cambodians are often masked when they’re lumped together as “Asian Americans.” This can have additional adverse effects as violence strangles many of these neighborhoods. And this can lead to lifelong problems, as Pediatrician Jack Shonkoff explains, “The impact of that stress, the impact of that exposure to violence triggers physiological responses in a child and can actually be disruptive to the developing brain, the developing immune system such that you are primed then to be more vulnerable to physical and mental health problems all through your life.” And without access to wealth, the community is often unable to change by itself. Its community members are too busy working and taking care of their families, just to get by—and combatting the poverty

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