The poverty of the lower class has always been questioned in a capitalist society. In a society where everyone has a chance at success, where one good idea can produce great profit, why is there an increasing lower-class? Some assume that the “culture of poverty” is to blame. It produces individuals who are unwilling to work and innovate. This assumption has been proved wrong; most children who are born into the culture of poverty do not grow economically due to a lack of words.
In ‘The Language Gap’ — Liberal Guilt Creates Another Not-So-Magic Bullet, Susan D.Blum looks into how children of the lower-class in America lack some English vocabulary due to being born to bilingual parents. This population isn’t fighting against the integration into American society, but against the loss of its own culture and language.
Programs such as ‘Providence Talks’ encourage lower-class students to learn language quantitatively. Such programs do not consider the background and cultural importance of this population but seeks to solve this inequality but creating another form of inequality- the right of preserving culture.
In a society where the rich blame the poor for their own poverty, while accumulating scarce resources for their own wealth, what can be done in order to give lower-class individuals an equal access to resources without having to give up their basic rights?