whites are on top and the darker skins are at the bottom and Asians seem to be more accepted and respected over the last 2 decades.
its also related to the socio economic status as whites are the wealthiest but Asian americans are becoming increasingly wealthy and predicted to be and stay the wealthiest americans in the near future.
blacks and Spanish people are very poor still and there haven't been much improvment since the 80s.
what are some factors effecting this change or lack there of? culture? work ethic? family structure and nurture?
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I don't quite understand what you are trying to say. I do not believe that race (or ethnicity as I prefer to call it) is a "power structure". In the end, it all boils down to people having a little more or less melatonin in their skin or having eyes that are - probably for evolutionary reasons - shaped a little rounder or a little more oval.
Now, I do agree with you that different ethnicities in the US have - overall speaking - very different living standards. This, however, has nothing to do with their ethnicity itself but with subtle racism and prejudices prevalent in American society. Many Americans are extremely scared of open racism. So much so, that they go to ridiculous extremes such as being scared of words and for example saying "the N-word" almost like in Harry Potter "you-know-who-I'm-talking-about" instead of simply saying Voldemort. Ironically, most Americans are completely ignorant of subtle forms of racism on the other hand. The Republican party keeps pushing their agenda to keep as many African Americans (and poor and handicapped people) in America away from the ballots. Their are tons of statistics about black people have it harder. An African American woman has a higher risk of depression and a shorter life span as her white counterpart. In some parts of the country, black people earn less than whites although they have the same qualification and do the same job. This, however, has nothing to do with their ethnicity but with the society around them. The American society (which is basically ruled by white men) does not give them the equal chances they deserve. A similar thing is happening to the working class. Members of the working class are not lazy or dumb because they were born that way. Instead, they struggle because American society is one of the most unequal in the world. They say anyone can make it in America - it ain't true. Maybe that was the case back in the 19th century but today the scientifically proven fact is that if you are born into the working class, chances are you will remain their, as will your kids and your grandchildren. Members of the working class are systematically discriminated by having to go to bad schools, not having health care and thus being drawn into financial ruin if bad luck strikes, not being offered any real perspectives in life etc.. Work as hard and be as smart as you might, if there's a glass ceiling you keep bumping against, you can't rise socially. Many black people encounter the same problems.0