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Classism

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Jason Raymond

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Classism

Classism What is it? How Can I be an Ally? How Does it Affect Me? Statistics and Examples Readings CommUNITY Classism is prejudice and/or discrimination on the basis of social class. It includes individual attitudes and behaviors, systems of policies and practices that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower classes. Capitalism/Free Market 95% of that population is white Have 230x more than the average of the majority of Americans Relation of Wealth and Power Renting vs. Owning a house Liquid Assets
Investment Assets Top 1% business owners hold more power because they are able to make the big decisions that influence large numbers of the population. Thus their wealth increases exponentially.
Bottom 90% are controlled by the wealthy and are forced to place money in lower yielding investments (such as a house) that solidify their position in the social heiarchy. Possible to climb up social ladder not stagnant Difficult for lower class to move up, but easier for upper class to maintain status Social Currency Social currency is a common term that can be understood as the entirety of actual and potential resources which arise from the presence in social networks and communities, may they be digital or offline Feelings of inferiority and hopelessness can perpetuate Wide array of individuals must be active participators from the rich to the poor Top 1% hold... Next 9% hold... Bottom 90% hold... 37% of US Wealth 35% of US Wealth 28% of US Wealth 61.6% Business Assets 29.5% Business Assets 8.9% Business Assets $9,000,000 avg. wealth/houshold $950,000 avg wealth/household $75,000 avg. wealth/household $825,000 yearly income $150,000 yearly income $35,000 yearly income Top 1% Next 9% Bottom 90%
Business equity 62.4% 30.9% 6.7%
Financial securities 60.6% 37.9% 1.5% Top 1% Next 9% Bottom 90%
Principal residence 9.4% 29.2% 61.5%
TOTAL other assets 12.0% 33.8% 54.2%
Debt 5.4% 21.3% 73.4% Difficulties in working full time to pay for secondary education Language and Cultural Barriers Need for encouragement and assistance to help disadvantaged succeed Gwendolyn Lewis Middle aged with family Without support, she knows she wouldn't have made it Patricia Holland 1st generation student Inner conflict between uneducated family and her college education Kathleen Kelly Student with high asperations Due to social class, her dreams were thought unachievable "Help us to realize our potential and let us know that we too have something to contribute." Be there to help and support struggling individuals to help realize potential Individual initiative is sometimes the most important factor Fund programs to give the willing an oppertunity to succeed
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