Essay on The Haves And The Have Nots

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The Haves and the Have-nots
The top wealthiest 1% of the United States possess 40% of the nation’s wealth ("Pre-K-12."). The growing gap in income levels in the United States is due to many factors, but education is a huge issue in the incapacity of Americans to raise income levels after childhood. It is much more difficult for children in the lowest social classes to receive the same quality education as children whose parents are in the higher social classes. Without proper education throughout their childhood, these students struggle to make a livable income after schooling ends. Minorities and low income students in the United States receive a mediocre education due to a lack of funding. In urban areas like Chicago there are high concentrations of minorities and low income students. Equality in education in regions like Chicago is a key aspect in lessening the growing income gap between the rich and the poor.
Inequalities in education are embedded throughout American history. Even after the abolishment of slavery, racial discrimination still existed in the United States. In the South, segregation was enforced by the Supreme Court in 1896 in the Plessy vs Ferguson Case which authorized that schools be segregated into black and white (Walters). In the North, specific segregation laws did not exist, but discrimination still existed with districts set up to exclude the blacks (Walters). The education for African Americans was inferior due to this separation. The districts…

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