Class Matters Workshops

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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 ClassMatters.org visitors answered those questions:

And answers from the Class Matters book:

What's the Most Classist Comment You Ever Heard?

  • Survey Responses

    As soon as I posted the survey question about classist comments, the stories started pouring in.

    I ate out with a friend — someone proud to call herself a Massachusetts liberal — and the waitress got her order wrong. My friend said, "Well, if she was smart, she wouldn't be a waitress."

    —Jenny Levison

    I heard an African-American university president say that she could not support home-based childcare for low-income families because "we have to get those little children out of those neighborhoods."

    —Kathy Modigliani

    Click here to read more classist comments.

Classism as an Obstacle to Cross-Class Alliances

Find the Invisible Working-Class People in these statements:
Women still have to choose between career success and children.
I bought some land in Vail and built my dream house.
Everybody got burned in the stock market crash.
I run an institute at the university.
When I was a girl, every family had a cook.