Class Matters Workshops

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Class Matters book cover

Order Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists by Betsy Leondar-Wright (New Society Publishers, 2005).

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Classist Comments

What's the most classist thing you ever heard someone say?

(I'm not talking about someone like Bill O'Reilly or your right-wing uncle. More specifically, what's the most classist thing you ever heard a liberal or progressive person say?)

Read five interviewees' answers — and my own.

Class and Other Identities

How do you experience class differently because of your race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, or other identity? What class dynamics do you notice within your identity groups?

Here's how a few visitors answered those questions:

And answers from the Class Matters book:

Class and Other Identities

White Middle-Class Women

Being white and well educated gives me privilege that bestows on me a class identity higher than my income level.

When family child care people come together for conferences, some sleep 4 to a room and avoid eating out while others get single rooms and eat 3 meals a day at restaurants. Since many of the mover and shaker meetings happen at meals, the lower-income people are left out of decision-making.

— Kathy Modigliani

Avoidance. That's how class is experienced in my dominant identity group. The most interesting observation that I made of this website was that there was no category for white people, or for men specifically, to identify as an identity group. Why is that? I think that these groups also experience class in a different way. Because it is viewed as the "dominant" class, it is often left out, and this in itself hinders dialogue and the ability for folks to bridge the divide. The invisibility of these groups enables them to not be held accountable by themselves for issues regarding class. It poses the idea of immunity. I think this is a significant problem. Recently I have been trying to engage white folks in discussions regarding white privilege and racism. This is so taboo- because society defines what these words mean for us, we don't talk about it. Dominant groups create a large majority of the various forms of oppression, but they are rendered invisible in the first-person dialogues- unaccountable. We don't hear from white, middle-class men on the topic of class here because they are a majority; yet, most minority groups place blame on dominant groups like this. So, why are we not engaging these groups in the dialogue???

— Claire Howard