Oppression in America

I think Young’s Five Faces of Oppression are prevalent in America today. There are countless examples of people being oppressed, marginalized, and exploited in America. One example that comes to mind are the migrant workers from Mexico that come to America in search for work to better their lives and the lives of their family. These migrant workers are exploited for their cheap labor. I recall watching a show where a man had some immigrants do some construction work on their house but instead of paying the workers, he sent them in to ICE. I’m not sure how true that was but I can’t imagine if that were to happen in real life.

Another example would be the powerlessness of minorities during voting stages. Voter ID laws have underlying racial biases and prevent minority groups from being able to actively participate in elections. Availability and access to polls and stations also play a big part in how minorities are being prevented from voting. Poll access hours and shutdowns disproportionately affect voter turnout for minority communities. This inability to effectively express support and concerns through voting make minority groups feel powerless and unheard. And it is more common than you may think.

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