Things In American Culture That Work Against The Disadvantaged

The taboo against being able to pay someone for rides (particularly short-distance ones). This takes away a useful option for the disadvantaged in cities without adequate public transportation.  They must either take on the expense of a car or attempt to rely on the good graces of those willing to take them places free.

The difficulty of spelling English words.  This ensures that the disadvantaged will communicate in a way that makes those in control perceive them to be less intelligent than they really are.

The double standard that rules conversations about money.  It's seen as socially inappropriate to talk about wages and debt but discussions about profits and investments are fine.

The inability to talk about politics in polite conversation.  This ensures that the rich's exposure to the political views of the disadvantaged remain limited to corporate-spun sound bites.

The societal taboo against the shame system.  Americans beat the guilt-absolution system into the heads of their young.  These kids grow up unable to "swim" the shame system, becoming victims of peer pressure.  Ask an average disadvantaged 17 year old what he thinks the consequences of stealing a car are and he may tell you 5 years in prison (guilt-absolution speak).  But the permanent price of this felony is being locked out of any job that pays more than $10 per hour (shame speak).  Shame is a powerful weapon and advertisers and classroom peers seem to be the only ones able wield it.

The social taboo against tattoos.  Many employers won't give you a second glance if you have any kind of visible body art.  Actually, most employers won't hire anyone who looks a little different (and many of the disadvantaged do look different).

The fact that most disadvantaged people identify more closely with fellow members of their race than with fellow members of their social class.  As you ascend the class ladder racial barriers become less pronounced.
lepton lepton
31-35, M
Dec 2, 2012