April 27, 2018

Free Writing | Hector BustosĀ 

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-

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Educational Bias:

  • There is a negative bias towards manual labor
  • School system encourages students not to go into manual labor jobs by persuading them that they are bad jobs.
    • There is some good in this because they want to push students to excel but not everyone has the same opportunities.
  • Different viewpoints in different neighborhoods
    • How are different schools in different counties preparing students for the work force after graduation?

Exploitation of the Worker:

  • Companies care more about the products than they care about their works
  • Karl Marx and his 3 forms of alienation
    • People have sunk to the level of the commodity
    • We have lost our connections with what it truly means to be human
  • Harsh conditions
    • Dangerous machines, no safety precautions, etc.
  • Little pay
    • People are being paid the least amount of money as possible.
    • Corrupt corporations

Blue Collar Stereotypes:

  • Degrading people who work in manual labor jobs
  • Little to no education

Working Class Community Struggles:

  • People are working hard in order to survive
    • Pay bills, buy groceries, transportation money

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