Letter to the editor: Headline perpetuates stereotypes
The front-page headline “To the working class” above an article on the Labor United Labor Day festival perpetuates a stereotype that there are segments of people in our society that differ from other segments in ways that demarcate and separate our democracy into “classes.” Such terms were commonly used in the past by sociologists and others who wished to label groups for various purposes.
One significant outcome of the American Revolution was to reject the hierarchy of classes that dominated Europe (and in many cases, still do): ruling, gentry, bourgeoisie, peasant, upper and lower, etc., and provide the freedom to make one’s way in the world based on talent, determination and hard work. This article would have been better served by the headline “To the workers.”
If the article reported on a picnic by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to celebrate National Boss’ Day, would the headline be “To the managerial class”?