Last Thursday, at a campaign rally in the Batley and Spen district in Yorkshire, a racist murderer stabbed and shot Jo Cox, a recently elected Labor Party member of Parliament with a family and a bright future. Cox had long worked for Oxfam, campaigned for receiving Syrian refugees into the UK, and fought for the withdrawal by Israel from the illegally and immorally Occupied Territories of Palestine. In her initial speech in Parliament, she eloquently described her own constituency:
Why is the Killer of British MP Jo Cox not being Called a Terrorist?
The working class is invisible in this country much of the time. But in election years, the white folks in this demographic are discussed ad nauseam by political reporters. This discussion is rather annoying to Jack Metzger, a core member of the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies and a retired Professor of Humanities from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Metzger says that when the discussion of class migrates from social scientists, “with their ‘operational definitions’ and facility with math” to the pundits, you get a lot of “loose stereotypes and class-prejudiced assumptions.” It has turned into “a low-level one-sided cultural class war” where “the narrating class” surmises that working-class whites are “America’s perpetual bigot class.”
This angered Schultz since both of her grandmothers lived some of their lives in trailer homes in Ashtabula. She noted that “since Donald Trump’s charade of a candidacy caught fire, I have heard many fellow liberals freely toss around the terms ‘white trash’ and ‘trailer trash.’ These are people who would never dream of telling a racist joke, but they think nothing of ridiculing those of lesser economic means. Every group has its ‘other.’ For too many white intellectuals, it’s the working class.”
Metzger argues the mainstream commentators are sloppy and superficial. For example, they tend to define “working class” as people without bachelor’s degrees.
The Washington Post