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

Sid Shniad

Special to Canadian Dimension

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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