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U.S. History. Race, Class, Gender, and Oppression. Quotes. “Oppression can only survive through silence.” “He who allows oppression shares the crime.”. What is oppression?. Oppression is the experience of repeated, widespread, systemic injustice. Oppression may be extreme and violent or…

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U s history

U.S. History

Race, Class, Gender, and Oppression


Quotes
Quotes

  • “Oppression can only survive through silence.”

  • “He who allows oppression shares the crime.”


What is oppression
What is oppression?

  • Oppression is the experience of repeated, widespread, systemic injustice.

  • Oppression may be extreme and violent or…

  • It may be “civilized” or “structural”… oppression is a part of everyday life and not questioned by the oppressed.

  • When we refer to oppression, we are usually talking about large groups of people that share a similar characteristic(s).



Race been oppressed based on a variety of things

  • Refers to the categorization of people into groups based on inheritable characteristics (skin color, cranial structure, facial features, or hair texture)

  • The concept of race is controversial…it is not natural or scientific but constructed by humans.


Social class
Social Class been oppressed based on a variety of things

  • Class refers to the different levels of a society (social stratification)

  • Rich vs. Poor, Powerful vs. Powerless, Oppressor vs. Oppressed, Capitalists vs. Workers

  • There are many different class models (i.e. upper, middle, lower class)


American social class
American Social Class been oppressed based on a variety of things

  • Upper Americans

    • Upper-upper class; (ca. 1%) Old money stemming from inherited wealth. $1,673,215/year.

    • Lower-upper class; (ca. 1%) Top professionals [and] senior corporate executives. $251,000/year.

    • Upper-middle class; (ca. 19%) "Professional and Managerial" class, it consists of "Middle professionals and managers" with a college and often graduate degrees. $114,000-$183,000/year

  • Middle Americans

    • Middle-class; (ca. 31%) This class consists of “lower-level managers; small-business owners; lower-status professionals (accountants, teachers); sales and clerical" workers. Middle class persons had a high school and college education. $30,000 - $60,000/year

    • Working class; (ca. 35%) This class consists of "Higher blue collar (craftsman, truck drivers); lowest-paid sales and clerical" workers. $23,000 - $45,000/year.

  • Lower Americans (ca. 13%)

    • Semipoor; This class had a partial high school education and consisted of "Unskilled labor and service" workers. $14,000 - $18,000/year.

    • The bottom; Those who are "Often unemployed" or rely on welfare payments. These individuals typically lack a high school education.$14,000/year.


Gender
Gender been oppressed based on a variety of things

  • Typically refers to a persons biological sex (male or female)

  • Gender can also refer to socially constructed roles, behaviors, and activities that a society considers acceptable for men and women.

  • Gender Identity- the gender that a person identifies themselves as.


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