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Societal Disrespect Towards the Working Class

Updated on August 10, 2011

Toxic Culture of Snot and Privilege Needs to Go!

If we're going to pull ourselves out of the economic collapse any time soon, then our societal and cultural attitudes towards the working class needs to change. We claim to often respect the working class. We state that we value people with a work ethic. However, actions speak louder than words. In our deeds, I can safely say that society in general has disrespect towards the working class. In fact, I wouid go on to say that the working class are invisable on the radar to most people.

Our disrespect towards the working class takes on many different forms, both conciously and subconciously. For example, have you recently slammed the phone and cursed out a telemarketer? If you have, and I suspect many have, then that is but one example of many showing blatant disrepect to the working class. We claim to want jobs, yet here is an example of you shutting down a job completely just for the sake of wanting peace and quiet. We've even created "do not call lists," all for the sake of blocking telemarketers. Those damn annoying working class people! Out of all the issues and concerns we could potentially have; the disturbance of the peace for middle class people, who don't want to be bothered over the phone by working class people, took priority. If we truly valued work above all else, we would be willing to make sacrifices, such as the inconvenience of being bothered over the phone for a few minutes.

If we truly value the working class, why do we complain endlessly about construction? People always whine over construction. It's too noisy, it causes traffic, I don't want to see it, etc. Well, excuse me for taking a moment to actually congratulate our construction workers! So, would you prefer a world without that damn inconvenient construction? Imagine your complaints if the roads were never paved or your suburban home was never constructed! We even have laws put in place to accomodate the entitled overeducated whiners, such as no construction at night. After all, we can't be disturbing the beauty rest of our white collar little gemstones. With today's advancing technology, doing construction at night may be beneficial to construction workers because there's less heat. However, laws put in place such as no construction at night clearly put the conveniences of one group of people ahead of the other. If we truly valued and cared for working people, then surely guarding them against possible heat exhaustion would take priority over a bit of noise at night?

Then we have those annoying people who are shipping products to us! How dare they interupt whatever activity were doing to announce they have a package to deliver! Believe me, I've been there. . . I drop a crate of stuff off, ask them to sign here, and half the time I get a response, "can't this wait later?" I'm sure we could wait later, but that means dropping it off at the warehouse, where you'll have to come and pick it up princess! And there's always a protest how I drop it off at the front door or the front desk. Would you prefer I drop it outside where people could just take off with it? Unless you tell me you want it dropped off somewhere else in the building; I'm dropping it off by the front desk by default.

Let's not forget that everyone seems all too willing to have a working pleb to clean, cook, and repair their stuff, all because they're too lazy to do it themselves. Yet, when it comes time to actually reasonably paying the working class people for their work, the working class are given steary eyes of disbelief and a list of every excuse imaginable why they can't get paid.

A customer calls in to get a customer service issue resolved. The working class agent on the other end of the phone does their job brilliantly and solves the issue in seconds flat. However, rather than being grateful the issue is resolved, our customer feels the need to still lament how he felt a grave unjustice was commited against him. "I'm an accountant God damnit! Why are you talking like we're equal? Bow down to me, NOW!"

Last, but not least, us white collar darlings don't want the working class living amongst us. We want them to take unbearably long commutes, spilling all their pitiful wage away on gas and essentially working for free, so they can have the priviledge to pick up after us. We can't let those working class vermin live amongst us, they'll lower our precious real estate values!

And then we wonder why so many people opt for staying on the dole? Folks, this is why we have an economic collapse. The fluffy jobs such as being lawyers, accountants, marketers, etc. can't exist when you suck the very life and spirit from the people under them. You reap what you sow!

-Donovan D. Westhaver

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      Rachael Lefler 5 years ago from Illinois

      This is so true! My family is working class and we hate being looked down on. My mom has done nearly every tough, demanding, no-respect job there is, meat packing, waitressing, warehouse work, hotel maid, etc. when I was a kid and she was single. Now, she's married to a sheet metal factory worker and I hate hearing about how much he gets picked on despite his years of experience, and constantly passed over for promotions that go to younger, lazier kids who don't deserve them, just because they whined more! Life in the working class is infuriating, the worst thing is that it seems like an inescapable condition to be born into.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Well spoken, even for a Canadian- grin. Voted up and awesome. Wish more thought as you do.

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