Class in America: Gregory Mantsios In class in America Gregory Mantsios doesn’t waste any time getting straight to the point in his article. The point being that social classes do exist and also cause outstanding difference in the lives of so much people. He questions the theory that states, everyone has the same opportunity to be rich, as long as they determined and work hard. He argues that those who are born in the social classes other that those described as prominent or elite, are facing an automatic and constant disadvantage.
Mantsios also feel that race and class standing play a huge role in the type of healthcare and education a person receives. His argument is written adequately well, his use of examples, factual data from authorities, statistics, and case studies makes his essay interesting and at the same time convincing. Mantsios basically shows readers why he believes that people do not like to talk about class in America, and gives examples that the class an individual belongs to affects everything he/she does.
He lets readers look into the life of different people, some from upper-class families and some from lower-class families. The readers can see for themselves the way they are brought up. If an individual grow up in lower class family he/she will probably not make it farther that his/her parents. For example, a person grows up with his/her parents being store clerks or workers at fast food restaurants, it is most likely a fact that he/she will end up doing the same thing. This supports Mantsios’ statement that “what class you are born into affects you throughout your whole life.
He does a great job at convincing readers, because he shows real lifestyles. Mantsios also gives a strong argument with statistics and factual data, on how the media portrays the poor. He argues that politics, secondary education, and mass media depict class issues as “unacceptable and perhaps even un-American”. The statistical data he uses from Richard de Lone, a researcher who, examined the test score of over half a million students who took the College Board exams (SAT), show the direct correlation between income and test scores.
The data shows that students with higher income families score at least 1130 and students with lower or middle income families score at least higher than 871. This example and statistic is effective in that, it is real, the reader can trace the fact back to the original source. The study was done not on 10 different people, it was over a wide range of half a million students, that being said, it is a perfect source to determine the direct effect between the amount of income a family has and how well a student is going to do in the classroom.
Mantsios is addressing an audience composed, not of those who have these arguably unfair advantages in life, but people like Cheryl Mitchell, who haven’t been so lucky. Finally, Mantsios does an excellent job of filling the gap of uncertainty concerning the advantages and disadvantages associated with social rankings. He does this by presenting an extremely large and broad amount of consistent evidence. He first gives some examples of myths and facts about the United States. Such as, a myth stating that all people are considered equal, regardless of their social standing.
Mantsios also gives a few very detailed American profiles that readers are able to compare amongst the other profiles. He provides this evidentiary support to give an example of people of very similar physical properties, but different social classes, who are living completely different lives. He does this to try and show that the only reason that these three people could be living such different lives is because of their social class. So all in all, Mantsios really believes that all American’s do not have an equal opportunity to achieve success.