American Social Status

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Social status is an irony of the American Society if every man is born equal. (Jefferson, 1776) Even when given equivalent opportunities to become successful, blacks see themselves to be the “victims” of society. White supremacy still common, but blacks prolong to give the advantage to become more successful to the whites. Found at the lower end of social status, blacks remain to feel the impression of being socially and economically disadvantaged. Their ancestors were brought to America as slaves while the European ancestors came to America by choice looking for a better life. (Taylor & Lambert, 1996) Being of European descent and receiving the impression that their ancestors colonized America, they feel empowered by the political, social, …show more content…
Fathers are often absent and that absence has become a stereotypical cycle for blacks males. A father not been active in a child’s life causes anger, jealousy, and jumping to many conclusions to what could have been for both the child and the father. Leaving and only entering a child’s life when fame, fortune, or accomplishments have been made, the father is perceived as someone who is looking for something in return. Leading by example and receiving an education is often one of the last things males think about. This is exactly why the cycle never gets broken. Black males fail to realize that attaining their high school education is just the beginning, not the end of learning. More whites graduate from high school as a result of working hard to achieve high grades and wishing to continue their learning in college. If a black male does not yearn to go to college, then there would be no reason for him to work hard and work to the best of his abilities. Obviously they would not want to complete any extra years of school if they were not already planning on attending college. Money is the motivation to work hard by cause of the need to provide for their families, but they feel that going to school for another four to eight years, is a waste of money. Along with money, just the time spent in a classroom seems like wasted effort when they feel they could be “out” making money. Black males have to understand that society gives them a double look when they have acquired a college degree. This leaves them at a state of astonishment, but at the same time, no one in society or in America is taken seriously if they have not earned a college degree. It does not make blacks equal to the white man once they have procured their college degree, but is instead perceived as someone who demands to be better than what is expected of himself. Attending an HBCU is another alternative when not wanting to be

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