Society & Social Status

Essay by babygurlmc03College, UndergraduateA+, April 2005

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In society today ones social status has a lot to do with the punishments of their behavior. Many people break the law knowingly expecting a less harsh punishment due to their high status. I believe that everyone should be treated equally no matter how high they stand on the social class ladder, and should not receive any more privileges than others when committing illegal acts.

Many instances in our government have led me to believe that our country is very lineate on more recognized people. Many media stories have made it public to this unfair treatment. In Connecticut Governor Rolland was accused of taking money for agreements on many town issues. Money laundry is a serious offense, especially when he was taking in thousands of dollars and real estate property without others knowing. When he was caught and proven guilty he only was forced to resign from his state of office, while anyone else who would have been convicted of this harsh crime would have had to have done serious time in jail.

Governor Rolland's high position in the state allowed him to get off a lot easier than any other average person accused of this crime.

Another instance in society is the heavy use of drugs by celebrities. Many stars are known publicly for their addiction to drugs, and are almost more recognized for their usage. However, if an average person is caught even under the suspicion of doing any illegal substance he or she is arrested immediately without any questions asked. Celebrities that are acknowledged for their drug use normally just go to rehabilitation, instead of getting arrested for their illegal actions. If a celebrity is caught under possession and is arrested he or she is simply let off by paying a heavy fine instead of doing jail...