Barriers to Success
* Being part of a minority
* Growing up working class
* Capitalism and Elitism
One may say that being black is not a problem at all, and in this modern day society that racism doesn’t exist. To an extent I can agree with that, I believe that you are not as likely to be abused verbally or physically just based on the colour of your skin. I also believe that there are more opportunities for young black men and young black women to succeed in the world. However, this doesn’t change the fact that there is a lack of equality in terms of getting jobs for people who are not white men; this can be highlighted with the lack of equal pay given to women and the obvious wealth gap between white men and black men. Having decided the theme of my speech would be barriers to success I felt it would be unjust not to read the Nobel award winning ‘Development of Freedom’ by Amartya Sen. I feel she highlights the problems people will face from the moment they are born in terms of growing up to be successful. I believe that only once in a while will someone break through the clutches of a capitalist society and be able to truly live a successful life. I personally feel that class systems are one of the most important reasons as to why rich people stay rich and why the poor may have to always stay poor. People are born into specific class systems, I being born into that of a working class ‘African British’ family, and only being allowed the freedom to possible move up one class system and as shown in the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, reaching the top will never happen. Not even if I were to work as hard as possible for as long as possible. I will still be under the feet of those who were born into wealth. The term old money and new money would be brought up here. Although, I may be able to achieve something in my life I feel it would be a lot easier for someone of a higher class than I to do so. A popular...
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