Saturday, May 14, 2016

Privileged AND Impoverished?

I've actually heard Hillary Clinton supporters dismiss Bernie Sanders' fixation with income inequality because they think he's a "Johnny-one-note" who talks about one issue without talking about any other issue.
But get this.  Some Hillary supporters say that while economic inequality may be an issue, it's not the issue if you're anything other than a straight white male voter, because for women, non-straight people, and people of color, it's only one of many issues, which straight white males can't appreciate from a place of "privilege."
Uh, yeah.  Dig this:  The middle class is shrinking!  New statistical studies show that the middle class is declining in numerous major metropolitan areas, and many people - white, black, brown, other - feel like giving up just trying to keep up, as reporters looking behind the numbers are finding out.  The PBS Newshour reported that one couple trying to make it on two incomes from teaching don't know if they can send their child to college while paying off their own student debts.  So here's my question:  If you think income inequality is the most important issue in this country, like Bernie Sanders does, and if you think so because you see yourself as a victim of income inequality - indeed, if you see your own income being driven down - how does that give you "privilege?"
News flash: The middle class drives the economy, and without the middle class, we're in big trouble!  There are a lot of other issues that may not (or even may) affect straight white guys, who are something like 30 percent of the population, but income inequality affects 99 percent of the population, last time I checked.  If we can solve that problem, the rest of America's problems should be easy to take care of.
Maybe an issue like high-speed rail is an issue that privilege allows you to focus on, since not everybody would use it if we actually had it, but income inequality is far more inclusive.  

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