“Poverty is not a fate, it is a condition; It is not a misfortune, it is an injustice,” Quote from Gustavo Gutierrez. This quote relates to the injustice of the unequal pay and treatment from a workplace, especially to the immigrants. It is written in history of this injustice toward them. According to Education; heritage article, “Imagine the culture shock these folks had as immigrants! Their new jobs were ruled by the company time clock… everyday, not just long summer days, was 12 hours long; every week for 6 days. Half the time, those 12 hours were nighttime hours,because mills and mines worked around the clock. But they still didn’t make enough money to pay their rent and buy food for their family.” Reading this makes one understand the struggles an immigrant, that confronts this. “Many immigrants came to america seeking greater economic opportunity,” (history.com). As the result of this, immigrants don’t know the language; English. Additionally, this conflict the immigrants had, is still happening up to this point. Not just the language they cannot speak, but the discrimination they have to face due to their appearance.
In advance, the acts of legislation improved the safety. The factories have received the safer acts, but the same conflict seem to happen once again in history. “ With the coming of the Mexican revolution in 1910, many Mexicans fled north to the United States in order to escape the bloodshed in search of new lives… While the Bracero Program offered Mexican farm workers a legally binding work contract, the majority suffered gross abuses of their labor rights and racial discrimination,”(Fighting farm workers rights article). Throughout time, immigrants from around the world made a living in the United States but discrimination still confronted them. They were not able to defend their rights. “Farm workers were often unpaid and were denied the right to unionize, a right that all other American workers enjoyed…On top of that, grape pickers were paid an average of 90 cents per hour, plus ten cents per basket picked, placing their families well below the poverty line.” (Fighting farm workers rights article). Cesar Chavez was the voice for the farm workers, by peaceful protesting and boycotting. To get the reasoning that farm workers (mostly Mexicans) can also retain human rights.
Both of these historical events are similar to each other. In the same manner both showed the injustice of the discrimination, the unequal pay due to that they don’t have the “human rights.” This injustice still happens in workplace, public areas such as schools, trains, bus stops, stores and other places too. Its needed that one must accept one another and not judge them by their appearance but of their personality. Justice for all!