Many White Middle Class Refuse To Acknowledge Classism
If classism is employed white-on-white, you can best believe racism is lurking under the surface somewhere. There is no way someone can convince me that if a privileged white person abuses someone in/of their own race that they would not abuse or exploit someone who is systematically set up at a disadvantage.
Here is an example of white-on-white classism fueled by sexism:
“Dear female resident of the Methamphetamine Mile Mobile Homes:”
Here is an example of white-on-other than white classism fueled by racism/sexism.
“Dear female resident of the Crack Infested Projects:”
In case you are wondering, in both examples the second the word female is introduced, the sexism begins. What is the significance in identifying the person’s gender/sex? The purpose is to judge that she is a bad woman, (or a bad mother as in the Hambeast from Hell case). Next, the classism/racist code follows. Combined with the identification of sex/gender (socially assigned), the signifying noun-adjective and signifying object noun hip the reader/listener to what race and class is the intended target. In the first example, the target is a poor white woman. In the second example, the target is a poor woman of colour (in most cases, black). I would have never assigned the drug crack specifically to any race, because I’ve known (my personal experience, unlike taking my cues from the media) a mixture of crack addicts. However, right here on this blog, a while back, maybe seven or eight months ago, a few people told me that crack invoked the image of blacks when used as an encoded insult, so I will go with that. Still, I would not use crack to mean black, but hey, one must use the semiotics of one’s audience if trying to get a certain point across. The Perfect Professor winks code at her audience by using “Methamphetamine” and “Mobile Homes.” Methamphetamine=white, Mobile Homes=Poor Whites. To give the wink for a racist meaning the code used may be, Crack=black, Projects=Poor Blacks.
White middle class Americans (especially so-called progressive white middle class Americans) can freely and sympathetically discuss other than white people when the topic is about classism and racism because the system allows them a distance, A detached indifference, or if they do care somewhat a detached caring, a coming and going, —let’s not think about it tonight type of caring, “It is those people that are trapped, not me. I’m safe. As a member of the white middle class, I can still believe in the system of meritocracy, thus become a member of the rich one day. I just need to work harder, do better to achieve more.” In addition to maintaining a distance, they automatically assume the role of benevolent do-gooder, hence setting him/herself up in the superior position. Owning the superior position gives the white middle class the freedom to perpetuate the system. In other words, they keep the system going as is. Any attention the white middle class pays to the lower classes is interpreted by them as benevolent (a favour), even if that attention is cruel and unproductive. “I want The Hambeast from Hell to do better for her children. That is all.”