Social Class and Race

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“Late to Class: Social Class and Schooling in the New Economy” –Van Galen

“Nowhere is there a more intense silence about the realities of class differences than in educational settings.”

Media misrepresentations

Most children in struggling homes are actually white, although this is rarely mentioned in the public discourse.

If you deny this fact, then you can exculpate yourself from a discussion of social class and just focus on race. White people can more easily ignore this and just go about their business.

It is a form of classism AND racism to merely link together poverty and minority to say they are one and the same.

It is within classrooms that there are the strongest impressions of potential- what a child perceives he can/cannot achieve.

The silencing of class issues

Children generally become aware of class at age 5 or 6.

* “Class Acts: Middle Class Responses to the Poor” –Heather Bullock *
* How is class operationalized normally? (How is class characterized and defined?) What are ways of estimating a person’s class? income
educational attainment
occupation

Stereotypes in estimating class:
Clothes
Cars
Way of talking
Where you live (neighborhood/community)
How you carry yourself
Where you eat
Access to resources (do you have an iPhone, etc.)
Recreation

It is falsely believed that most of the recipients of welfare are African-American or a minority, when in reality they are Caucasian.

Myth: Welfare is intergenerational.
Fact: Women who received public assistance way over half of their children never receive welfare.

Myth: People stay on welfare for a long time.
Fact: Majority are only on welfare for 2 years.

Cultural poverty hypothesis

The media largely ignores the reality of social class.
(Example: Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

“Cognitive and Behavioral Distancing From the Poor” –Bernice Lott
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