Tag Archives: working class

How Government Policy Promotes the Racial-Wealth Gap


Charles Krupa / AP There’s little disagreement about the fact that economic inequality is problematic. But arguments persist over its origins, solutions, and which economic gaps are ultimately the most pernicious.

In a his new book, Toxic Inequality : How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future , Tom Shapiro, a professor of law and sociology at Brandeis University, lays out how government policy and systemic racism has created vast gaps in wealth between white and black Americans. Shapiro and his colleagues followed 187 families from Boston, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Half of […]

Indian gangsterism: Stop blaming Tamil schools — K. Arumugam


MARCH 13 — At times the Tamil schools are blamed for social ills amongst Indians. While there is a strong correlation between poverty and crime, blaming Tamil schools simply because they are the sanctuary for the poor is a bizarre nexus duped with misconception. Unless the truth of the issue is fully ventilated, such simplistic inferences would continue to haunt the credibility of the Tamil school system.

Firstly, there is zero research indicating that Tamil schools are one of the reasons for gangsterism or crime amongst Indians. Such certainty is founded on all available researches over the last decade on […]

Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you so much. Please, please have a seat. Thank you so much. Well, thank you, Neera, for the wonderful introduction and sharing a story that resonated with me. There were a lot of parallels in my life and probably resonated with some of you.

Over the past 10 years, the Center for American Progress has done incredible work to shape the debate over expanding opportunity for all Americans. And I could not be more grateful to CAP not only for giving me a lot of good policy ideas, but also giving […]

Bootstrap myth exposed: White inheritance key driver in racial wealth gap


Madison365 Professor Thomas Shapiro “Blacks/Latinos/non-whites don’t value education like whites do. They don’t work as hard as whites do. They spend more than whites do on junk,” says your standard white guy at the end of the bar dissecting the large racial wealth gap in the United States. “They just need to get off their butts and bootstrap it up like I did!”

However, the old tried-and-true American bootstrap lore took a big hit this month with a study that shows most families living with the material comfort and range of opportunities normally associated with middle-class status have obtained them […]

To understand Trump, learn from his voters


To make sense of Donald Trump’s emerging presidency, it helps to understand the social and economic discontent that put him in office. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel took a hard look at those concerns during a Tuesday afternoon lecture called “Why Trump? What Now?” Sandel argued that Trump’s rise reflected a populist backlash against “decades of rising inequality and a version of globalization that benefited those at the top but left ordinary people feeling disempowered.”

Addressing a full house at Harvard Law School’s Langdell Hall, Sandel first acknowledged the concerns of many of his listeners.

“Many people around the world worry that […]

These colleges are better than Harvard at making poor kids rich


Justefrain The campus of Cal State – LA, one of the best schools in the country for economic mobility. When the development offices of massive, astoundingly wealthy universities like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia make their pitches to prospective donors, the number one message is always the same: financial aid.

The idea, bolstered by profile after profile of talented students from humble backgrounds accepted into these elite schools, is that giving to Harvard (endowment: $35.7 billion ) and Yale ( $25.4 billion ) helps low-income students from poor towns and neighborhoods afford tuition. The institutions aren’t just leading producers of […]

ICYMI: NJIT top ranked in the nation for student economic upward mobility

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According to a recent ranking, New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of the top colleges in the nation in terms of its ability to increase the economic standing of its graduates.

The honor was conferred by The Equality of Opportunity Project and highlighted in a New York Times op-ed by columnist David Leonhardt. In it, Leonhardt laments that the “heyday of the colleges that serve America’s working class can often feel very long ago,” citing the struggles of institutions like City University of New York and the California state university system, in terms of both budgets and the preparedness […]

Andrew Stefan Weiner: “Trumpism and/as Violence”


This piece was originally presented by the author at State of Emergency: Politics, Aesthetics, Trumpism, a public forum that took place at New York University on December 10, 2016.

by Andrew Stefan Weiner

Over the past several years it has become more common for scholars and activists to rely on the concept of structural violence, along with the closely related ideas of systemic and institutional violence. In the US, these concepts are typically invoked in critical analyses of problems like climate change, mass incarceration, and the complex networks of discriminatory oppression associated with class, race and ethnicity, able-bodiedness, […]

Many middle-class University students find tuition difficult to manage

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LSA junior Joshua Rabotnick moved from Los Angeles in August 2016 to attend the University of Michigan, but cannot afford the tuition bill without loans.

LSA freshman Andrea Perez, an in-state student, is in the same situation as Rabotnick. Two families, both in the middle-class income level, struggle to pay for a degree from the University.

Despite a report from the Equality of Opportunity Project saying the median family income for a student at the University is $154,000, in the same report the University was ranked last in economic social mobility of 25 highly selective public universities.With students facing debt after […]

To understand Trump, learn from his voters

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To make sense of Donald Trump’s emerging presidency, it helps to understand the social and economic discontent that put him in office. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel took a hard look at those concerns during a Tuesday afternoon lecture called “Why Trump? What Now?” Sandel argued that Trump’s rise, whatever some people may think of it, was based on legitimate public concerns that weren’t otherwise being addressed.

Addressing a full house at Harvard Law School’s Langdell Hall, Sandel first acknowledged the concerns of many of his listeners. “Many people around the world worry that the American republic is tilting toward tyranny. […]