Working class is the politically correct
phrase used to describe people without a college degree. Journalists fear using phrases that will sound like they're calling someone uneducated
, so they hide what they mean through the phrase working class
(co-opted from the Marxists
). This allows people to feel like tough blue collar
laborers down in the coal mines when in actuality they're probably working in retail
Working class can refer to either the degree-less people, or to the jobs typically occupied by them. Some, but not most, working class people move their way up through the ranks and make decent pay. If they really strike it rich they may no longer be proletariat
common people in typical working class jobs. This confuses pollsters
who don't have a word to describe millionares without college degrees.
After the election, droves of reporters could be seen helicoptering in from NYC to interview members of the white working class (WWC
) in diners across the state.