Name: Angela Montoya Course: ENG 102 Professor: Dr. Koh Assignment: Research Paper

Name: Angela Montoya
Course: ENG 102 
Professor: Dr. Koh
Assignment: Research Paper Draft
The following is an analysis on the autobiography ‘Hunger of Memory’ by Mexican American author Richard Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s perspective on class and education are quite controversial. He discusses how class is a better defining factor than race when it comes to personal identity and how ironically, education can be harmful to some people. He expresses how he was able to achieve what he was because society had put him in a better position due to his race when in fact it had more to do with his class. 
In the Hunger of Memory autobiography Rodriguez points out that many social movements have failed because they were solely focused on race rather than class. In his opinion class is a more important factor when it comes to defining one’s identity. The realization came when Rodriguez took a summer job during his college years and concluded that he had more in common with the middle-class workers than with the other workers because of his class and not his skin color. In a reviewed work by Edward H. Friedman the race and cultural issue is discussed in a similar manner. The author states that according to Rodriguez, society’s liberal approach is misdirected when measuring oppression in terms of race and ignoring class. In his review, Friedman emphasizes that when Rodriguez took the summer job during the senior year at Stanford, he concluded that he was not one of the alien Mexican workers and he was more related to the middle-class worker. Therefore, society fails to realize this and identifies him as a minority when he himself does not. 
Rodriguez realized that society has overlooked including class as a much more important concern than race when it comes to social issues. Because of policies in favor of race, middle-class minority groups are assisted to success while the lower-class remain in poverty. Friedman’s review assures Rodriguez point on race and class when he clearly describes Rodriguez’s inner conflict with his class and race. Rodriguez thus opposes race-focused social policies over class-class focused policies. 
Work Cited 
Friedman, Edward H. Chasqui, vol. 12, no. 1, 1982, pp. 81–82. JSTOR, Accessed 30 May 2022.