Then you have the working poor, the poor, and what sociologists are calling a “permanent underclass.” This latter group is disproportionately black and Hispanic and, because of their extreme poverty and associated problems, the ladders to upward mobility do not exist. People born into this group are likely to remain there.
lthough I have only been able to scratch the surface here, again, more and more, upward mobility from one class group to another is becoming difficult and, in some cases, next to impossible. Anyway, I said the subject was complex, murky, and difficult. It is. A final thought, though: no matter what class you’re in, the truest wealth is health, common sense and good character or, well, class.
Have a nice day.
Anderson resident Primus Mootry is a retired school teacher. His column appears Wednesdays in The Herald Bulletin.