In the America that we live in today, finding a person with empathy and a kind heart is just about as easy to across as a male feminist—they do exist, but you never come across one when you actually need one. Since November, when we elected an orange scrotum to lead our country he has tried to divide us in just about every way possible; starting with the Muslim ban moving to gay marriage debates, women’s rights debates, tax reform, and now DACA we have all come in contact with a discussion that could completely alter our way of life. The reforms and policies that he is trying to put in place are based on the experiences of a man who has been in the 1% his entire life. To him the only way to think is to make the rich richer and get rid of the poor. In Trumps America, it is difficult to appreciate all we have because he is constantly trying to take more from us. Even though he thinks the only way to live a good life is to be upper class… here’s a reminder of why we are #blessed to not be like him.
- You probably enjoy shopping at vineyard vines (sorry).
It’s not your fault you like wearing pastels and whales on the daily. You were just raised by white people who like to get drunk on the water while boating in Annapolis. If you are a person of color who made it to the upper class (good for you, you somehow prevailed in a system that does not want you to succeed) I am sorry that the white people who created capitalism wear such lame clothing.
- Your social circle consists of money hungry manipulative people.
You will most likely never know if the people you are associating with want actual friendship from you, or if you are a stepping stone to their success. Yes, when you go to brunch and drink bottomless mimosas none of you will fret at paying the entire bill, but will your brunch pals visit you in the hospital or stay up with you all night when you’re crying because your dog died? Probably not.
- You grow up not knowing what the real world is like.
You most likely grew up in a bubble of wealth where your biggest problem is which car you’re going to get for your 16th birthday or how you will convince your parents to give you $20 (yes, 20) for a gram of weed. It is not until college that you realize you had it so easily and that most teens had to work and many young adults actually have to go into debt to get a college education.
- Again, the people around you suck.
See point 2.
- You have such large houses that you never speak to your family members.
Stephanie is in her room, moms in the kitchen, dads in his bedroom, Jack is in the basement. With all this space for isolation how will you learn the best way to annoy your sister? Or how will you force your brother to learn all the Kardashians names and stories?
- You generally live in the suburbs which are not fun.
Bored? Why not walk up the street to the Washington monument? Oh yea ‘cause you live in the suburbs. Go walk 5 miles to a CVS or something… what a day.
7. People like Donald Trump are in the Same social class as you.
- You do not get the chance to make friends with people of all different backgrounds.
Since white people are the vast majority of the upper class you will likely be surrounded by them. You will probably have very similar views as them and will rarely hear opposing viewpoints to learn about other opinions. You will continue to live in your bubble unless you actively make it a point to break free.
- You rarely have humbling experiences so you grow up overly confident.
As a kid you likely were never told “no”, as a teen you get into the college of your dreams and your parents have enough money saved up for you to attend, finally after college you get a job through the network that your parents have set up for you. Sounds great until you get fired from your job and throw a tantrum like a toddler because you have never been excluded from anything in your life. Years later, your wife wants a divorce and you soon have nothing because the shock of being told “no” halted your growth and now you are stuck at a standstill.
- You lose your humanity.
You forget that there is more to life than making money. You focus on economic reform over human rights. You will complain that immigrants are taking your jobs when really, they are often just more qualified than you. You become blinded by the privilege that you have been accustomed to your entire life. If you are white and upper class, then you become annoyed when poor white people disrupt your way of life. When poor people of color disrupt your life (use welfare systems, etc.) you become resentful and want to send them out of “your country”. You are loyal to your class, then you are loyal to your race, and everyone else is lesser. As an upper class person you forget how to love and how to feel empathy for others. This is the sad but honest truth.
Written by Erika Fusco