quote:There are certain occupations that this society values more than others. Janitor, maintenance man, trash man, and mail clerk are not those occupations. Whether the people who fill such positions are "good people" is irrelevant. These are not occupations that this society values. Perhaps it is because these occupations require very little skill, education, and they pay much less than occupations that require specialized skills and years of educational preparation. In London, for example, teachers are highly valued and very well paid, and their professional status is equivalent to that of a physician in the United States. Do I think that is unfair. YES. Can I do anything about it. NO.
Yes, you can do something about it. You can stop being a sheep and following the popular sentiment of "society". You don't know what you have in common with a blue collar worker unless to take the time to find out. You've made some very dangerous assumptions about the intellect of people in these jobs. Degrees do not ensure a high level of intelligence. Some of the dumbest people I know have MBAs, CPAs, and other advanced degrees & designations. I also know some high school graduates that could run circles around most of the posters at AA.org on a number of topics discussed here. But, continue assuming, it's your loss.
BTW, do you know any handymen or janitors? Those positions pay better than you know - maybe you have only seen people employed by your school system (they are likely underpaid). In the private sector, that work is usually outsourced. Many times, those handymen and janitors have a stake in the company.
quote:Considering the media already bombards us with images of Black women as sluts and hoes, yes I do find these images offensive, and I do become uncomfortable looking at them. I imagine it's the same feeling that you may get whenever you turn on the news to see yet another Black man being handcuffed and hauled off to jail.
I represent me, not the Black race when I make my decisions. If you want to carry the impossible burden of trying to convince others that you're not like "those" Black folk, knock yourself out. Again, you have projected "hoes" & "sluts" on those pictures.
We're still waiting to see some of those criteria & standards for mates explicitly stated!!