Friday, 10 April 2015

Pictures Relevant to the Issue of Classism

Here we have two homes in the Brampton area that are completely different. In fact, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum in relation to classism. On the one side, the house on the left looks very expensive and well-kept while the house on the right looks abandoned and cheap. This is an example of classism because there is a clear distinction between the two different types of classes that live in both houses. These houses were just a few blocks away from each other yet one is highly praised and envied while the other is looked down upon.  These pictures relate to "The Glass Castle" in a variety of ways. First of all, in "The Glass Castle," Jeannette's father's goal is to build a glass castle; he wants to build a house like the first picture shows but because they don't have the money, all they can get is the house on the right. The title of this book itself, gives insight into the idea of classism. This is because Mr. Walls has the goal of building a luxurious house. Many people in society have similar goals. The idea of a 'dream house' crosses everyone's mind. However, not everyone in society is able to have what they dream of because of their financial position, or other aspects such as an individual's mental state hold them back from doing so. Furthermore, like these houses, the Walls family is looked down upon because they are poor and they don't live up to the expectations that society sets. It has been and is currently very common to judge a person based on material assets. However, issues like classism are such a grand issue because its not material things that make a person truly rich, it is the qualities that an individual possesses on the inside. As illustrated in "The Glass Castle," Jeannette is very intelligent and ends up moving to New York to pursue a successful career. If there are children living the house on the left, they will be expected to grow up and be in the same class as their parents. This is the same with the picture on the right because people assume that because their parents could not afford a big house with extra money to spend on non-essentials, the children will turn out to be in the same position as their parents. Although, the fact that Jeannette and her siblings are able to get away from that negative expectation, is a testament to the fact that class does not define an individual. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Link to a news video found online

The outset of the video first explains what classism is and how it can be compared to racism and sexism. It further goes onto show the story of Krishauna, a 12 year old girl who se father works two job and her mother works as well, yet they still do not have enough money. The worker at the Salvation Army, LaTonya Brooks, says that they get a lot of children coming in hungry, simply because they do not have a lot of money. Caroline, a student, explains how classism is evident in school by the type of clothing worn. She explains how class is overcoming race. To overcome classism, she says that an individual should not think of class as something that defines them; what an individual is born into is not who they are. This is very similar to The Glass Castle in many ways. First of all, Jeannette’s parents are very hardworking; they do have jobs though they have the tendency to run away or plan on getting fired for some unknown reason. When the Walls family run out of money and they have no food they turn to looking through garbage and stealing food. Similar to the events in the video, the Walls children are hungry but do not have places such as the Salvation Army to turn to when they need food. In the book race is not prominent at all. There were no discriminating racial comments; of the two only classism is mentioned. That goes along with what Caroline said when she explained that class is becoming more of an issue and is becoming as popular as race. The comment about clothing also relates to my book as the Walls family only have old hand-me-downs.  Ultimately, this video clearly describes the issue of classism as is prevalent in The Glass Castle. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Link to a news article found online

     This article is about a girl who goes to Macalester College which is a Private Liberal Arts College and as a first-generation college student she is outraged at the amount of classism and elitism. Her peers think that just because she went to a vocational school and not an arts school that she has less of an education. The students think that because she could not attend an arts school she is stupid. This relates to “The Glass Castle” because everyone doubts the Walls’ education and takes them for being slower than the rest. Jeannette has to prove to her teacher that she can actually read. “When I told her I’d read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, she raised her eyebrows skeptically, but after I had read aloud from one, she moved me into a reading group for gifted children.” (Walls, 95). Furthermore, this article discusses the fact that people are very unappreciative of the food they receive but they are lucky that they can purchase food. In the book they see people taking advantage of food and throwing it out while their parents cannot provide the family with the basic essentials of life, so they dig for food in the garbage. “’I saw you picking through the trash in the East Village a few days ago.’ ‘Well people in this country are too wasteful.’” (5). Ultimately, a common viewpoint of if an individual does not have a lot of money they are not as educated as those with money, is a fractured display of classism.