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It’s this kind of phrasing that continues to ignore that a significant portion of the working class is minority and then further excludes POC and white women by implying that our poverty is a function of our identities.
If you’re coming up with something that is going to help working class white men but isn’t going to address that women and minorities are consistently undervalued and paid less for the same work then you aren’t advancing policy for the working class.
If you can’t talk to POC and white women about how this economy has left us behind at a greater rate than white men, then you aren’t able to talk to the working class.
If “working class” makes you think of manufacturing and lunch pails but not porters, service industry and domestic workers then you aren’t thinking of the working class.
I’m here making an hourly wage that is way below the quality of service I provide, the emotional labor I facilitate and the standard of living I need, but everyone is weeping over jobs that machines replaced 20 years ago. Who is out there trying to talk to me?
I’m working class and I deserve to have people pander to me. I am not less worthy because I don’t work in manufacturing. I need someone to value what I’m doing now which is what people like me have been doing for ages. This is a service economy, and I am not being served.
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