April 30, 2018

Essay 4 Research

There are multiple different views that are held against those who work in manual labor positions, however, many of us are all to familiar with the common conception of what it means to be a part of the working class. When we hear this term we are often presented with an image of those who are living paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to get by. These jobs do not seem to be ones that many would choose to work in and therefore those who do work these jobs are there by force instead of choice. In an article titled, “Stereotyping the Working Class” by Sherri Linkon, an analyzation of the views held against the working class is presented. Linkon explains that while working class can be deemed as a “descriptive” term merely used to explain a persons job, it can also be used to negatively address someone who is a blue-collar worker. Linkon (2008) goes on to further describe the ideas held against these workers and how these ideals affect them by stating, “Because of our faith in the possibility of upward mobility through effort and talent, people who remain in the working class are often judged as failures…, many working-class people internalize this idea, blaming themselves for not having moved up the class ladder despite years of hard work and dedication” (para. 3). The negative perceptions that many hold against the working class are due to the commonly held beliefs amongst those in our society. As many are taught from the beginning of their lives, working as hard as you can will get you to where you want to be in life. This mentality enforces the idea that is held against the working class. Due to the incapability for these workers to try hard enough, this is the reason why they are working jobs that they do not necessarily want to do. As Linkon explicitly states this allows the working class to believe that they are “failures”. These commonly held ideals about what working hard enough can ensue in your future is a part of the issue in regard to the overall image of the working class. By changing the expectation of what a successful person is within our society then can we rid of this negative connotation associated with those working in these positions.


Linkon, S. (September 8, 2008). Stereotyping the Working Class. Retrieved from

April 27, 2018

Free Writing

Some stereotypes that are held against those who are a part of the working class and who work in fields that are generally associated with people who have not gone to pursue higher education are lower intelligence levels, laziness, prone to using government aid assistance programs. Usually when one has not gone on to pursue higher education, a negative stigma is attached to them and therefore people do not view them in a high light. Those who choose to work in manual labor are often taken advantage of and not treated well because of the view that people hold against them. It is as if they are not worthy of good treatment simply because they work a “dirty” job and are therefore lower than everyone else. Society’s illustration of how people should be in their future is what depicts these stereotypes and negative outlooks on those who choose to work in these positions. Because many are expected to go to college in order to obtain a “higher class” career, those who do not follow this route are considered different. The view in regard to maybe allowing all people choose to do whatever they please is absent in society and there is a hierarchy based upon whether or not you follow the societal expectations that are portrayed to us all. I personally disagree with any stereotype placed upon someone simply because they work in a manual labor position. Many of these workers are doing things that are necessary for our consumption and for bigger companies. Without them, there are many things that could not happen, or that we would not have. I personally respect them more than the people who are “higher” than them. Those higher positions have a completely different work line, expectations, than these “lower” positions do, but, in many cases the “lower” positions are the actual backbone of the bigger picture. It is highly unfair that people do so much work for such little recognition and even horrendous treatment. The correlation between these aspects do not mix.



Stereotypes behind who works in these occupations – usually minorities, lower intelligence, lazy

  • focus on why these positions are made up of a great portion of minorities
  • analyzation of statistics of the actual representation of minorities working in manual labor
  • ideas about these workers contradict the actual picture and the importance of the work they do

Importance of manual labor workers is not acknowledged. Those who work in these positions should be exempt from receiving wrongful treatment, being put into hazardous conditions that can be prevented, and being awarded with the proper resources that illustrate their work ethic/contribution to bigger companies. There should not be an acceptance of allowing bigger positions to be able to take advantage of those in lower positions.

  • examples of when and where this has happened
  • how it can. be changed
  • legislation
  • Uncles experiences
  • warehouse article

Society’s view in regard to occupational hierarchy should be demolished. Students should be educated about and encouraged to pursue whatever career that they desire and should be presented with the resources in able to reach that goal. With this, students have a different outlook on what is the “right” thing to do with their future. The “right” thing will be different for everyone and if everyone understands and respects that then they will understand and respect people despite their occupation.

  • examples of what school is teaching
  • schools who focus less on getting to college as an only option
  • resources that schools could include



April 25, 2018

I personally do not have very much experience working in any conditions similar to what is described in the essays we have read this week. I have worked in positions that were not involved with servicing other people and ensuring consumer happiness so I am very unaware of the issues that come along with making sure the customer is happy despite how they treat the worker. I have worked in an animal shelter for most of my work experience while I was in high school and the position that I held did require a lot of physical activity and some unpleasant duties. However, I also enjoyed working there and I was not necessarily forced to hold that position for reasons of having to support myself or my family. There were plenty of other jobs that I could have turned to. Many of the people in my family, however, have a lot of experience working in jobs that are meant to provide a service to customers and ensure their happiness. Additionally, many of my family members have experience working with temp agencies. I do not have very much information about their experiences, but, I am very aware that none of them would have chosen to work in those areas if they had a choice. One of my uncles has worked in many factories and warehouses and I am very sure that he has had experiences similar to those explained in the essay by Mclelland. In fact, working in these jobs and seeming to have no way out of doing them for the rest of his life is what I believe has caused him to turn to alcohol. Clearly these jobs are not ones that allow workers to be able to enjoy their everyday lives. My uncle has also been injured on many occasions in the different positions that he has held while working in these facilities. Those who are forced to take these jobs in order to support their families risk not only their physical safety, but also their mental health. I have experienced my own family member fall into a depression because his job is so demanding and it is not even always guaranteed that he will be able to continue hold his position. Without the ability to choose where you would like to work, people face serious risks regarding their mental and physical well being. Many times those who have to work in these positions have not graduated college and therefore these are the working conditions that they are put under. It is as if your education level determines your worth as a human being and how you deserve to be treated. This mindset is unfair and although there are qualifications for certain jobs regarding education and skill level, no one should ever have to work in an environment where they are dehumanized simply because they for whatever reason did not pursue higher education.

April 18, 2018

Eviction Research

In Berkeley CA, it is well known that prices for renting have been increasing at a very high rate. Due to these issues, many people have been taking certain measures in order to ensure that they are able to have places to live. In an article from the Berkeleyside titled, “Berkeley Sees an Increase in Owner Move In Evictions By Lanlords”, it is explained that Owner move-in evictions have become more common due to these issues. Owner move-in evictions are defined as evictions when the owner kicks out the tenants in order for them to move in themselves or, in order to create a space for their family to move in. Because of extremely high rents, this situation makes sense as the owner then becomes able to support their own household and to have a place to live. However, this decision also can have a serious impact upon the other families as well that are losing their home. This issue is not discussed in the article, “Home and Hope”, but, I feel that it also is very important. High rents make it hard for everyone to maintain a stable lifestyle where they are sure that they have a place to live. Although it is extremely difficult to think about a situation where you risk losing your own home or putting another family out of theirs, I’m sure it is obvious that your own family’s struggles will be more important than a tenant’s.

Additionally, something that I was not personally aware of when it comes to evictions that was also discussed in this article was the fact that those who are evicted are paid by the landlord before being kicked out. It is mentioned that the required amount that evicted tenants have to be paid when evicted has not been raised since 2000. In this situation where you are forced to choose between your own family and another’s I feel that the amount of money that the other family will be paid should be raised. Due to the obvious evidence that the cost of living has gone up significantly since the year 2000, it only makes sense that this price should also be increased. This will also help the family in potentially being able to have an easier time rerouting their live after being kicked out of their own homes.


Berkeley sees an increase in ‘owner move-in’ evictions by landlords

April 4, 2018

Video Essay Example

(Hao Computer Science video essay is on his canvas and he cannot share it)

  • Transitions made sense and weren’t distracting
  • Images were clear and relevant to what the speaker was talking about
  • Included interesting video and pictures that supported the information being presented
  • Video was long enough to include all information and not too long to where it got boring
  • Sufficient amount of information
  • Clear voice


(Hao Computer Science video essay is on his canvas and he cannot share it)

March 26, 2018

Growing up in an African American low income household I have had to learn how to deal with many issues that other people who aren’t in my situation generally do not have to face. Through my years in school from kindergarten to my senior year in high school, I was always aware of my socioeconomic status, but, no one outside of my household were exactly aware of what I was going through. I remember being in school and people would ask me why I couldn’t go to a certain field trip or why I ended up turning in an assignment late and I would make up an excuse that was irrelevant to my actual situation. I never dealt with any issues directly related to being in school and my race or socioeconomic status specifically because I went to schools that were predominantly made up of students of color, and no one was aware of my social class because I did not discuss it. However, my socioeconomic status did make it very difficult for me to succeed in school. It was a lot harder to always complete assignments especially in high school because most of them required an internet connections, however, our school library was not open past 5 pm on weekdays or during the weekends. Additionally, I had to obtain various jobs that also made it difficult for me to be able to balance schoolwork and making money to support my household. Most of these problems went on behind the scenes and so I did not have any experience with any issues regarding people potentially viewing me in a certain way based upon my social class in school.

March 9, 2018

Wikipedia Trigger Warnings

From an article found on Wikipedia, it is explained that a Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” sparked many contrasting views during and after the time that it was released. Despite some praise of the series, due to the heavy content regarding rape, bullying, mental illness and suicide, many people felt that the show had a high risk of triggering young people and influencing some of the situations that occur in the various episodes (potentially committing suicide). This article contained an immense amount of information regarding this topic and went into as much detail as to incorporate opinions and views of others who agreed or disagreed with the airing of this Netflix series. Some good things about this Wikipedia article are that it gave me a sufficient amount of information and highlighted references to other subjects that I may need to visit to get more background information on the subject matter. An obvious con about using Wikipedia is that you cannot trust the information that is presented on the website because it is subject to change by the public. Due to the ability to have its information altered by those who are even unfamiliar with the topic the website’s credibility is taken away. However, I believe that most of the information that I read in this article was accurate and didn’t seem to portray any type of bias on the matter. Even though this Wikipedia article may have portrayed a great amount of truth, it cannot be determined whether this is true or not.

March 5, 2018

Reimagining Educational Practices

According to an article “Why Elite College Admissions Need an Overhaul” by Johnathan Cole from The Atlantic, it is noted that many elite universities don’t necessarily have a criteria when it comes to admitting their students. Many of their admissions are based on certain spaces that should be filled in a university including ways to illustrate diversity, fill sports teams, and admit people with specific talents in certain areas. focused more on numbers than anything else. This aspect only impedes any way that these schools can genuinely provide a quality education for students because the school do not really care to admit students for the proper reasons.

Additionally another article titled “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” by William Deresiewicz talks about the way that these colleges have taught their students to follow one path in order to get where they want to be. College is pictured to them as less than a path to discovery but one to get a job. They are taught to be narrow minded in a sense. The education is not necessarily an eye opening one. You are taught the means to getting to one place and that is the main goal. The schools don’t focus on encouraging being on a journey to discovery and genuinely being interested in learning, but, they encourage doing all that you can to ensure that you get the job after that interview.

As is mentioned in the article “Shut Up About Harvard”, many students who are low income do not always have the same access to education that those who are not in this situation have. Many of them are forced to work various jobs that can impede their ability to succeed in school. There is a complete imbalance between those of different socioeconomic statuses and who has access to these universities.

February 23, 2018


Dahlia, Michael, Midori

  1. No because that information is common knowledge.
  2. Yes because the citation is still required when referencing a book.
  3. No because it is his own writing and he checked in with his professor before doing so. (Wrong – Need a self citation)
  4. Yes, if they are retrieving information that is not their own or common knowledge, it is necessary that they include references.
  5. Yes, if the information is not common knowledge she would still need to include where she got her information from.

February 21, 2018

Seeing and Being Seen

I am an African American female that comes from a low socioeconomic background and I feel that this factor influences a tokenism among various aspects in my life. I remember being a part of a summer internship and I was the only black person to be accepted among the other interns who were mainly white and asian. I did not have the same level of education that these students had surrounding the topic of the internship, however, I felt that because I was a black female interested in science that they chose to accept me into the program. I felt that this was a good thing because I was given a wonderful opportunity, however, I would hope that they had included a more diverse group of people of color within the program besides myself.

I felt that they also expected me to act and talk a certain way because often times the staff would change how they spoke around me and I noticed their change of language when speaking with me as opposed to how they spoke with the other students. This really frustrated me because it was as if they didn’t expect me to be able to speak professionally amongst scientists. The questions that they would ask me during breaks or any free time surrounded issues that I would not generally expect people to bring up in a professional setting. I am not sure if the staff wanted to make me more comfortable with them in any way, but, I don’t think their approaches were necessary and they were somewhat disrespectful.

These conclusions were unfair because they portrayed me as someone who was not capable of talking and acting just as everyone else within the program would. I felt outcast as well most of the time because I didn’t really relate to the others who were there. It was a great experience and I learned a lot, but, I wish that they had included a wider variety of people because it felt as if they chose the same person multiple times and then added me into the program as a token diversity symbol.

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