The working class is tired of being treated as second class
by Tamara Draut
Donald Trump’s rise to primary stardom has brought with it a newfound analysis of working-class voters. For the first time in a generation, the working class is front and center in an election cycle. This is a welcome development — in theory. The U.S. needs an honest conversation about the obstacles working-class Americans face.
Unfortunately, the term “working class” has become shorthand for white men without college degrees, ignoring the millions of women, African-Americans and Latinos who today make up a much greater share of the working class. In fact, African-Americans and Latinos are much more likely than whites to identify themselves as working class. More than two-thirds of Latinos consider themselves working class, compared to half of blacks and 38% of whites.