The Importance Of Middle Class Family

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Being born into a caucasian middle-class family was not something that I chose or had any power over. My life could be much different than it is now had my parents, or may I say birth parents, kept me. I do not like to use the phrase “given up” as my parent did not just give me away to some strange family, but I was put into a middle-class family so that I could live a “happy” life. My biological parents, more my mother, were not in the position to raise a baby. At the age of eighteen and living closer to the poverty level than the middle-class, they knew that they could not afford to raise me, both mentally and financially. Through my entire life, I have never had to worry about where our next meal is coming from, I have had never worried …show more content…
Pre-seventh grade I was homeschooled along with my younger sister and then after that I went to a very small, and expensive, private school. I hated it, yet I never gave it a second thought. I was not being forced to go there, I was not forcing my parents to pay the extravagant tuition for six years, I never thought twice about getting a new homecoming dress every year, I never thought twice about being able to have the money to get a prom dress. I always had a lunch either packed or money to buy hot lunch, I never took the bus to school as my family either let me take one of our two cars or my parents dropped me off. The fact that I even ended up living in a stable middle-class family is a hidden privilege in itself. Until I met my biological parents for the first time in nineteen years, I never really thought twice about the life I live now. My birth mother is married now and has three boys. They live on her income alone as her husband was injured at work, they have a roof over their heads and they have what they need but money is something that they stress …show more content…
Being a caucasian female is something, again, I did not choose and did not have any control over that outcome. Growing up I never found myself in situations where I felt as if I were treated any differently based on my gender or my race. The school I went to was 99% white, middle to upper-class families, and therefore, we did not have people who were being treated better than others simply because of the color or their skin or the money their families had because we were all pretty much in the same boat. “I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day,” (McIntosh 1988). Just because I happened to have white parents and I was put into a white home does not mean I have earned a place to have more privileges than the next person. Race is not a choice, so why should one biologically based skin color group have more privileges than other biologically based skin

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