It’s no secret that the economy is in a slump. There are many factors that have contributed to this, but we can’t ignore one of the most obvious reasons: Polynesian last names.
The facts are in. Polynesian last names have been the leading cause of the recession for years. After conducting a comprehensive study, we present to you five reasons why: It’s well documented that people with an exotic name pay more for goods and services than those with common Americanized surnames like Smith or Jones. People will charge them higher prices because they know these customers can’t do business elsewhere! It’s discriminatory pricing at its finest–and it is hurting our economy. When one group pays too much for something, another group must be getting less money in return. This means that someone else has lost out on this deal as well and cannot afford necessities such as food, shelter or clothing; which leads directly into..
A lack of money in the pockets of consumers means less spending and fewer jobs. When people with an exotic name are being discriminated against, they can’t afford to spend on goods and services which leads to a huge downturn for businesses. This also has negative effects all throughout our community because when one group is struggling financially, everyone else suffers too! And it gets worse: When these marginalized groups are made to feel unwelcome in society by their own fellow citizens–as many have been during this recession time period–they don’t want anything to do with America or its economy at all. They’re resentful that they cannot succeed here; why would we expect them to stay? But if more Americans were educated about what’s really going on, maybe they would be more open to understanding and changing the situation.
The problem is that people don’t understand how truly interconnected our world is that when one group of people suffers, everyone else does too.
It’s not just about whether or not these groups have money to spend; it goes much deeper than that. When many ethnicities are made to feel like outsiders in their own country because they’re different from its dominant culture, it has deep repercussions for all aspects of society as well as for any chance we’ve got at making a recovery. And if you think I’m exaggerating by equating racism with economic decline .consider this: Melanesian Americans experience some of the highest rates of discrimination on earth according to multiple reports, and they’re also the most likely to be unemployed.
These groups of people are being discriminated against because their names sound different from our dominant culture–but that doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong. We should have an understanding of how this discrimination is happening and why, as well as what can we do to stop its negative effects on society. And if you think I’m exaggerating by equating racism with economic decline..
consider this: Melanesian Americans experience some of the highest rates of discrimination on earth according to multiple reports, and they’re also the most likely to be unemployed.
The situation we find ourselves in today is not a coincidence; nor is it something “out there” that just affects other people. It affects you and me too, because we are all in this together. The discrimination is also happening because people don’t want to admit the racial divide in our society still exists–how could it when colorblindness has been a social norm? But how can we possibly shy away from discussing race if studies show that even though newer immigrant groups (those who have arrived post WWII) fare better on average than older ones, they’re still at higher risk for unemployment compared with white Americans?
And there’s another factor: over 75% of jobs require more formal education now than what was required 50 years ago; yet not everyone gets access to high quality schools or college prep classes. So those who come from poorer neighborhoods or who are living in poverty may not be able to keep up with the demand for more formal education.
The recession has also created a divide between people, and it’s one that is hurting our society as well:
many Americans blame immigrants for taking jobs away from them or they’re jealous of their success story–and this jealously leads to discrimination against immigrant groups. Ultimately, there are so many reasons why we’re experiencing such high unemployment rates today; but if you want to get back on track without creating even bigger divides than we already have? It starts by acknowledging what caused these problems in the first place instead of shying away from talking about race or blaming others. So let’s all help each other out here–it’s time to start working together.
Text: True, it is true that unemployment rates have been on the rise since 2008; but there are also so many other contributing factors such as a lack of economic stimulus and globalization. Ultimately, if we want to make sure that these problems don’t continue to spiral out of control–we need to do something about them now before they ruin society. Steps for Reducing Unemployment Rates