The “More-ness” of Privilege
Joel Leon.

This can be applied to people, in particular women of all races, even white who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The nuances of the lack of ability to ask for and demand more may be different and unique to each race and gender, but they exist. An upper-class Jewish grandmother, her upper class, half Jewish, half-WASP grandson and her blue-collar, uneducated Irish grandson-in-law were waiting in line for ice cream at an ice cream truck with the child. The child was pushy and cutting in line. The Irish, blue collar son-law said “Wait your turn, David. Don’t cut other kids. It’s not nice.” The upper-class Jewish grandmother very nastily said: “He needs to stick up for himself otherwise he will never get anywhere!” Son in law replied. “He’s cutting other kids in line. It’s not right.” To which grandma replied: “That attitude is why the Irish will always work for someone else.”

As nasty as this sounds, what we are seeing is different socialization for different socio-economic groups starting from birth. Now this grandma may be an extreme example. Even for the rich, this behavior is likely considered to be rude. She had money but no real class. However, it is indicative of conflict theory. The rich are reared to demand more. The poor or in this case, the working class are reared to wait their turn.

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