the upper muddle

class topic: Notes on the Upper Muddle by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Lucinda discusses the distinctions among social classes by reviewing her past memories only to realize that she is part of the upper middle class. As she recognizes she has benefited from her upbringings, she notices how that: “The other half goes unmentioned. For if there’s one taboo subject left in the United States, it may be the existence of a class system as closed and inflexible as the one my husband left across the Atlantic.

I think no matter what type of government is in place, there will always be the haves and the have nots, there is really no such thing as ‘equal’ people. But I think in America it has gone beyond just unequal. 50% of the world’s wealth is owned by only 8 people and right before our eyes we witness the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It’s the dilemma of the middle class, who work for the country and hold the economy on their shoulders. I don’t think the American Dream still exists (of course this excludes the lucky few), but I’m sure it was once real to attract immigrant workers but the system now has become as rigid as any old age social class. Wealth basically segregates us all in the modern world…especially in the suburbs. Every neighborhood is a group of low, middle, or upper class citizens. Sure the system doesn’t explicitly segregate us with signs that say “no one with a salary of under $100,000 a year can live here” but it’s evident that certain areas are only attainable to the rich. One thing that amazes me most is how the rich can stay rich. The SAT for example, even if there is an incredibly smart and diligent kid who’s in the lower class, the richer kid has the upper hand with tutoring or being able to take the test multiple times. Even better, they have a better chance of getting into big colleges if their family is a donor to the school. I don’t really know where I’m going with this but I think what I’m getting out of it is the system is unfair. And I know life is unfair, but the route to the upper class has become an impenetrable glass wall where people above hold all the power, most unwilling to acknowledge their privilege. So to combat this we should be talking more about it and forever undesignate this underlying class system as a taboo topic.

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