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  •  I come from the working class, blue collar, and am (5+ / 0-)

    still working class, which has come to mean working poor as often as not. For the middle class to co-opt "working class," which they were instrumental in destroying thirty-some years ago, is not only ludicrous and offensive, but also a grim omen, an indication that they already know their fate. Like wanting to be called passenger pigeons or dodos. I still feel a strong resentment toward the class that threw me overboard when they find themselves being tossed over the gunwales and expect me to help throw them back in the boat after treading water for thirty years. No sympathy here for unemployed managers, but God and I love you if you're a worker.

    •  I hear ya... (5+ / 0-)

      except my critique is along the lines of racial politics and yes while you may be ambivalent about the managers (as am I), I can't easily ignore those who climbed over me and mine due to racism and now what to all hold hands.  It is a bitter pill and I'm sure you can see the cynicism of many who believe once the economies rebound, the managers will be back to their antics.

      I'm also reminded of how people of color have said for ages that we are not the enemy of the white middle class.  I'm not so sure the white middle class and/or working class still doesn't get that their own racial myopia is killing poc of color faster indeed but it is slowly strangling whites as well.  From what I see, far too many whites still aren't willing to grapple with how white supremacy and racism hurts them.

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 11:14:15 AM PDT

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      •  Agree..racism is both homicidal and suicidal. It (5+ / 0-)

        has been the weapon of choice of the wealthy for keeping the working class divided, and while I am glad to see anyone who had bought into racism repent and change their ways, they have to realize that damage has been done and needs to be amended. White privilege in this country has been a piss poor substitute for human rights, and the myth of whiteness a sop thrown to the help.

        •  Much truth and a great last sentence. I might (4+ / 0-)

          just have to sig it!  My soapbox issue is about the whitening of America in the middle of the 20th Century.  Not by more whites coming to the country, necessarily, but by more being defined as white.

          Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.--MLK, Jr.

          by conlakappa on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 01:37:51 PM PDT

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          •  19th century...Irish and Italians had to become (0+ / 0-)

            white Americans. By the mid-20th, they were keeping black and Hispanic workers out of their unions. The myth of whiteness...that if you are white you are more like the wealthy than like the other workers, and if you are not white you can still partake of white privilege by doing as the wealthy dictate, and the basic lie of the myth...that white is better.

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