Systematic racism and white power have contributed to the racial positions within most corporations. These companies have been established on a racial hierarchy platform. “When previously noted vulnerable and deportable Mexican workers in historical sociological scholarship were relegated to low-level agricultural jobs, employers often reasoned that they were naturally equipped to do the work. The historical take is crucial because the continued hierarchical arrangement and triangulation of workers of color by white employers continues to this day” (Cruz, 2016). The United States has become a nation where racism plays a big role in the selection of employees in the work field. In most corporate or high level jobs, you will find white men at the top of the hierarchy. This is because of the racial norms and systematic racism within our nation. People believe that immigrants, especially Mexicans, are content with the manual labor jobs they are given because they are naturally equipped to bare these physically demanding manual labor jobs.
Cruz, A. (2016). On the Job: White Employers, Workers of Color, and Racial Triangulation Theory. Sociology Compass, 10(10), 918-927. doi:10.1111/soc4.12406
Some of the stereotypes about manual labor is that people who are not educated and did not pursue a degree in a certain area of study are the one’s with these jobs. They don’t have the opportunity to seek employment in higher level jobs because they did not have the opportunities that others did. The people who take on these blue collar jobs are primarily minorities or people within the working class. This manual labor is work that everyone tries to avoid because it is physically demanding and no one wants to put in hard work. For this reason, there is a lot of stereotypes surrounding these types of jobs and the people whose work revolves around manual labor.
In my own opinion, I don’t think that these assumptions are fair, especially when it comes down to degrading and minimizing the people working for these types of jobs. These people are working hard in order to survive. Many of these people have families and these jobs are the only opportunity for them to provide for their family. Working class communities struggle almost every day because of bias and stereotypes and one of the greatest forms of prejudice comes from these types of jobs.
I admire people who go to work every single day and work in such demanding conditions because I see my mom go through that struggle every single day of her life. She wakes up every day at around 4:30 in the morning just to make sure she is on time for work. She has worked at the same factory for over 30 years and she has come across many challenges. She has been injured at work but because of her socio economic status, she fears being fired if she is away from work for too long. These people, like my mom, put their life and energy on the line every single day in order to provide for their families. It is unfair to them because they are working so hard. Many people don’t see the struggle they face every single day, and for that reason they are ignorant to the issues and struggles blue collared workers face, but it’s time to destroy these stereotypes.
Educational Bias: Schools make it clear that factory jobs or other manual labor jobs are bad and we should not go down that route, and although sometimes their intentions are to motivate their students to seek better employment opportunities by obtaining a higher education, sometimes thats not always a possibility. I remember when I was in elementary I was embarrassed to tell others that my mom worked where she worked.
Racial Issues- education system- lower income communities- less opportunities-
My mother has worked in the same factory for over 30 years. This job is physically and psychologically demanding. She came to the United States as a young adult and this was the first job she had. She came to the United States with a fourth grade education and was an undocumented immigrant. You can already guess how many job opportunities she was given. With little hope of finding a job, she stuck to this job and is unwilling to leave because she fears she will not find a job elsewhere. There have been many instances where my mom injured herself while at work, and although she was being given paid sick leave, she still stressed about going back to work as soon as possible because she feared that she would be fired as soon as she returned. My mother only speaks Spanish which also limits her opportunities to seek employment in areas that prefer English speaking employees. The company she works for was going through a period where a lot of people were being fired and replaced. Most of the people being fired were people who did not speak English. This greatly shows the relationship between work and intelligence. Those who were being fired were Spanish speaking employees with little or no education and the employees coming in where educated, in most cases bi-lingual, better with technology, and were working in the offices of the company rather than on the floor. In America, you need to be highly educated in order to find a job and have job security. The most educated people are the ones doing very easy work but getting the most money. While the people at the bottom who are working the most are being paid the least amount of money as possible. All of this is an example of systematic oppression because students of color are not given the resources to succeed and go on and pursue a college education, and they are the one’s least likely to get hired because of their lower education level.
Homelessness and eviction have always been issues that surround my hometown in Orange County. Santa Ana has been forced to deal with the homeless population of Southern OC cities because of their actions in forcing the majority of their homeless population into ours. For several years now, homeless encampments have sprouted all around the city. One of the biggest encampments, ironically enough, is within the buildings surrounding Civic Center. Homelessness is a rising issue in Santa Ana that has not been fully addressed until this year. Santa Ana has finally taking action and plans to sue the county for the lack of support on their end. The reality is that these people have no where to go. They are being pushed from one place to another and have no tenure security. Within these encampments there are a wide variety of cases involving substance abuse, health concerns, etc. It is a public health crisis. The homeless population should be provided with housing so that the streets within Santa Ana are safer and so that this homeless population has more of an opportunity to expand and develop in secure housing.
Learn about different countries and their issues and how each government responds to these issues
Can pursue many careers with this major
Law, Government, Education, etc
Footage of elected officials
Resources for the department
Work Division Plans
Hector: Shoot Footage (interviews with professors that teach this major, friends or seniors who have taken this major, or professionals with this major), Editing Footage, work on transcript, look for music (sounds)
Karla: Shoot Footage, Research Resources (available sources from your program’s or department’s website), work on transcript, look for music (sounds)