Social Status In The Middle Class Of Society

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My family represented the lower middle class of the social hierarchy. Specifically, we were part of the working class of society. My mother worked as a nurse’s aide at Flushing Hospital for many years while my father worked as an attendant for a BP gas station in Fresh Meadows. Both working positions did not pay much. My mother was being paid 10 dollars and hour while my father was being paid 9 dollars an hour. The total income my mother and my father made was relatively low. In addition, the amount of wealth my family possessed was extremely low. My family was living on paycheck to paycheck. All of our income were used for bills, food, and, other living necessities. The primary source of income in which my family possessed was work wages. …show more content…
By becoming a medical assistant, my mother possessed a higher wage thus translating a higher income and a higher position in terms of social class. Our status changed from a lower middle class status into a middle class. This was due to how my mother received a wage of 17 dollars an hour. At the same time, there was a house for sale in another neighborhood 12 blocks away from Colden Street. The vacant house was located in a neighborhood that didn 't possess the features of the seemingly dangerous environment we previously inhabited. The timing of both opportunities occurring was divine and unreal. My mother had the desire to take advantage of the opportunity. As we achieved social mobility, we were able to live in an environment that met the new social status we possessed and the new social class we were apart of. Following the separation between my mother and my father, were able to improve our social class because of the promotion my mother …show more content…
Since there were no Indian Americans living with me, and there were only African Americans, I adopted the ethnicity. Both my mother and my brother were African Americans. I embraced conformity into the African American culture within my family. It would be easier to identify myself as an African American than to say I am an African American/Indian. This is due to how my physical features resemble the likes of an African American, not a mixture. Another reason includes how I took pride in being an African American was because of how not many African Americans own a household. There’s a correlation between the amount of African Americans and the amount of African American homeowners. In 2000, only 7.0 percent of African Americans own a household (Bureau of the Census, 2000). This number indicates African Americans are not known for owning a household. In 2002, 45.6 percent of African Americans reside in a public housing. This demonstrates African Americans are more than likely to live in a public housing rather than a private household. My family owned a household in a time when it is not known for an African American to own a household, but known to reside in a public housing. This provided me even more reason to take pride in being an African American considering how my family accomplished something African Americans are not known for

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