People Like Us: Social Class in America
Directed by Andrew Kolker and Louis Alvarez (1999)
Produced in 1999, this video long predates the systematic destruction of the middle class that began following the 2008 global economic crash. Thus many of the observations it makes about social class are no longer strictly accurate.
Nevertheless the claim that that bias against working class people is the last acceptable prejudice* still rings true – as does the filmmakers’ premise that separation into social classes (eg preppies and dorks, nerds, goths, ghetto and other losers) begins in high school. The assertion that the vast majority of working class Americans consider themselves “middle class” seems less relevant with the galloping poverty the US has experienced over the last 12 years.
I am also skeptical of the filmmakers’ claim that all Americans feel more comfortable surrounded by members of their own social class. After…
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