This blog post made me think about the stigma that goes along with being poor. Stigma, according to Goffman, is a mark of social disgrace, it is something that can make you see a person in a way that makes them seem inferior. In the blog post, it says that “We both used tricks to make our parents’ jobs sound as respectable as possible”. What does respectable even mean anyway? Who’s to say that a bar manager or a secretary doesn’t work as hard or harder than someone with a more “respectable” job position? It’s honestly sad and annoying how people aren’t comfortable with telling the truth because their afraid of the stigma that goes along with whatever that said persons truth may be-even if the truth is that you are poor. People are ashamed of where the come from because of the stigma that goes a long with it.
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