Like mid-management jobs, a “middle-class” is a concept that has been lost in a post technological society. It is a slice of American apple pie from days gone by. We will one day view those class distinctions with nostalgia or placed along side confederate monuments and antebellum manors. Or so I hope.
America is no longer white, Evangelical Christian and living in the suburbs. That sense of loss seems to be a strong driving force behind our political divisiveness — but that we are either unaware or ignore. It is the end of some great Elysian ideal that some of us celebrate and others oppose, and violently.
Instead of examining what is driving the loss of a middle class, perhaps we should be asking whether society should have class distinction as this seems to be a subtle form of racism. Maybe designating yourself as “solidly middle class” is a way to communicate that you are white or at least embrace white American privilege. We avoid discussing it, how poverty and brown skin are tied together in our minds and why we are so desperate to set ourselves apart.
It is like we nervously avoid the topic and instead endlessly analyze the results of that dynamic.