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Racism And Classism In Modern Society In Venezuela

879 words - 4 pages

As advanced as we are in society today, racism still surrounds us and every day we are exposed to racially discriminating behaviors. Many people have no idea about the level of racism that we are in today. People may imagine that everything is fine and opportunities are available for whoever wants them, but things are not fine and opportunities to attain a better life are difficult to come by. Individuals who experience racism can realize the level in which the world stands today. It might not be as clear as it was, perhaps, during the time of slavery, but if we open up our eyes we will notice that it is still everywhere. Injustice and discrimination although it does exist on both places is much more severe in my home country in Venezuela that it is in the United States. At this point in our history it’s sad that certain humans think they’re superior to other races because of their skin color or religion. However, we have come a long way from the centuries past, which were the times of slavery. Being so close to 2010, racism should have been completely a thing of the past.
In Caracas, Venezuela, the country where I’m from, life could be a little different compared with here in the states. Caracas is a very deteriorated place. From the time that I was three years old we had a lady who worked in our house, whose name was Osmari. Osmari was from Bogota, Colombia. She was considered my nanny. She helped to raise me and was very much a member of our family. However, in the rest of Venezuela, outside our front door, she was considered unequal. This is a country where rich people have access to everything they want; money is power. The lower class has zero opportunity, whatsoever, to do something with their life except to work for wealthy families. If you have money you can control the police. If you have money and you get pulled over, you will not receive a ticket. But if you’re affiliated with the lower class, police can care less about who you are, indeed, receiving a citation. It’s a filthy and corrupt country, where it is almost entirely impossible to succeed if you are born into a family which does not have money. Life of the middle-upper and upper classes is much easier since everything can be accessed and also fixed with money. Life is hard for people involved in the lower class. And this was the life that Osmari experienced when we lived in Venezuela. She never had any opportunity to better her life other than...

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