‘Anti-Classist’ Website Launched Today

January 30, 2009

A website dedicated to combating the blatant classism that is so rife in the UK has been launched today. Action Against Classism are a new group who were formed to raise awareness about the damaging effects of classism. Why do we need such a venture? Well in their own words…

Economic inequality in the UK is at the highest it has been since records began in 1961. A child’s social class background at birth is still the best indicator of how well he or she will do in school and later on in life. The lower your socio-economic position the greater your risk of low birth-weight, infections, cancer, coronary heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, accidents, nervous and mental illnesses – in other words, class can kill!

Blatant classism should be viewed with the same distaste that most people feel when confronted with racism, sexism or homophobia. Unfortunately this is not the case. In the UK we are confronted with negative class stereotypes on a daily basis; our media pokes fun at the poor in the name of ‘entertainment’, our teachers make judgments based on class, charities, businessmen and politicians often act as if the poor are responsible for their own impoverishment.

There’s also the fact that, despite causing misery for millions of people, ‘classism’ doesn’t even register on our spell-checker! If you can help Action Against Classism in any way (with web-design, writing, printing posters & leaflets, donations of money & equipment, etc.) then get in touch via info@classism.org.uk


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