The 2020 U.S. Revolution happened for many different reasons, including economic, social and political causes. The citizens of the U.S. were sick of the unsustainable minimum wage, growing gap between social classes and rulers that were unfit for power. Each of these reasons for revolt had been building up for years throughout the country, causing civil unrest and resentment.
Starting as far back as over 30 years before the revolution, there was a growing income inequality. There was a huge gap in the nations wealthiest 1% and the majority of Americans showing a huge disparity in incomes. Some reasons for this were changing educational requirements, globalizing and its impact on job availability, and government policies. An exponential increase in technology especially in the two thousands created a higher standard for job requirements. The largest wage jobs were going to people with high levels of education and skills. However, the need for highly educated people was not met with availability for education. As a result of this skewed situation, the highest wage jobs were going to those who could afford the necessary education, which only increased the separation between classes by making the already wealthy, more powerful. Another reason for income gap was globalization. This controversial topic had both good and bad impacts, but one impact of outsourcing the American economy is losing some jobs in the process. Even though globalizing the economy boosted it overall, it also eliminated a lot of blue-collar jobs that were primarily filled by the lower class. One last reason of the income gap was government policies that have impacted taxing and wage laws. Taking away power from certain unions and changing trade policies are some of the harmful changes the government has made to the income of the working class.
The main social causes for the U.S. Revolution were all related to inequality. Dating back to 1787, the original constitution for the country didn't really create everyone equal. In truth it only created all white, land-owning, men to be equal to one another. Setting this foundation of inequality developed this country into an unfair society. Two of the main inequities of the 2000 era U.S. were gender and race.
- Women only earned 78 cents to the dollar earned by a white male
- Reproductive rights of women were extremely limited, especially in the presidency of Donald Trump
- City employees across the nation refused to marry same-sex couples
- In the business and tech industry, women were severely underrepresented
- Things as basic as women's sports teams wouldn't get as much funding or as high salaries as their male counterparts
This gender inequality disparaged the majority of the population. The second social cause was racial inequality. Minorities, especially African-Americans had been oppressed since the beginning of the country. Even though slavery was officially ended in 1885, racism and discrimination continued through the beginning of the U.S. revolution in 2020.
- Mass incarceration of the African American population was a growing 40 year trend. Of the 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States, 1 million of those people are black, even though the ethnicity made up only 13.2% of the overall population.
- African Americans were 3 times more likely than Caucasian people to be shot by police
- Black students were three times as likely to be expelled from school than their white counterparts
Politics played the biggest part in this revolution. In the election of 2016, the first orange person was elected to be president. Donald J. Trump won the election due to the electoral college, even though the majority of Americans voted for the democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton (popular vote). The inexperienced, unqualified president elect sparked outrage across the country. In the 4 years of his presidency, he managed to launch nuclear weapons on North Korea, start a war with China and deport tens of thousands of legal citizens to Mexico because of their ethnicity. Naturally, the majority of the citizens were completely mortified with the leader of their country. Trump carried out one of the most unsuccessful presidencies in the history of the country.
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"What do I know about it? All I know is what's on the internet." -President Trump*
*Yes that is a real quote
Another political cause for this revolution was the dysfunction of the government. Before the revolution, the American government consisted of 3 branches, described in the video below
In addition to an incompetent president, the legislative branch was very dysfunctional. Congress passed bills allowing mentally ill people access to fatal weapons, and spending weeks in stalemates over irrelevant details in legislature. The overall dysfunctional government was impossibly slow in it's decision making process and not in a good way. The rift between government and citizens grew as the Republican-dominated congress made continually bad decisions that hurt even those who once supported them.