25 things you will hear if you try to talk about class…

January 26, 2009

The following was lifted from Payday, an American site (sorry about the colour scheme – we couldn’t figure out how to change it), but British Class Activists will find it all too familiar…

The working class is disappearing  Class does not exist in America  Define working class  We're all really working class because we all work  My grandparents were working class  Can anybody cite statistics to show that a working class exists in late capitalist America?  You wear your working class background like a badge of honor  Unions are obsolete  I read in the paper about a janitor who makes $50,000 a year - can you believe that?  White working class people are racist, homophobic and sexist  But you don't look poor  Why are you so angry? The men who work for my dad's construction company are all cheerful, happy guys  You're just being divisive  I saw a woman in the grocery store buying lobster with food stamps I know you understand this, but you're different - most working class people won't get it  Working class people don't read  You have a chip on your shoulder  Lighten up - white trash is hip You're too smart to be working class  Once you get a college degree you're no longer working class  Nobody who lives in the suburbs is working class  You're not working class because you make too much money  You're not working class because you're not a manual laborer  You're not working class because you're on the Internet and working class people can't afford Internet access because they don't have enough money ...Why are you so angry?

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One Response to “25 things you will hear if you try to talk about class…”

  1. also nicked for underclassrising.net

    The working class is disappearing Class does not exist in America Define working class We’re all really working class because we all work My grandparents were working class Can anybody cite statistics to show that a working class exists in late capitalist America? You wear your working class background like a badge of honor Unions are obsolete I read in the paper about a janitor who makes $50,000 a year – can you believe that? White working class people are racist, homophobic and sexist But you don’t look poor Why are you so angry? The men who work for my dad’s construction company are all cheerful, happy guys You’re just being divisive I saw a woman in the grocery store buying lobster with food stamps I know you understand this, but you’re different – most working class people won’t get it Working class people don’t read You have a chip on your shoulder Lighten up – white trash is hip You’re too smart to be working class Once you get a college degree you’re no longer working class Nobody who lives in the suburbs is working class You’re not working class because you make too much money You’re not working class because you’re not a manual laborer You’re not working class because you’re on the Internet and working class people can’t afford Internet access because they don’t have enough money …Why are you so angry?

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