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This community is intended to be a an anti-racist, feminist, pro-liberation, and anti-oppression space for discussions related to class and classism.

Discussions on how classism intersects with sexism and racism are encouraged. However, this is not a place for ranking oppressions.

Classist, racist, sexist, or homophobic comments will not be tolerated.

If a person calls you out on your privilege, rather than becoming defensive, think about what they are saying.

What is Classism?

Classism is the systematic assignment of characteristics of worth and ability based on social class. It includes individual attitudes and behaviors; systems of policies and practices that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower classes, resulting in drastic income and wealth inequality; the rationale that supports these systems and this unequal valuing; and the culture that perpetuates them.

Classism is differential treatment based on social class or perceived social class.

Classism is the systematic oppression of subordinated groups (people without endowed or acquired economic power, social influence, and privilege) by the dominant groups (those who have access to control of the necessary resources by which other people make their living).

Classism is the systematic oppression of subordinated class groups to advantage and strengthen the dominant class groups.

Classism is held in place by a system of beliefs and cultural attitudes that ranks people according to economic status, family lineage, job status, level of education, and other divisions.

From classism.org

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We understand that not everyone has had the same educational opportunities and questions are welcome in this community. However, no one is obligated to educate you or to hold your hand while you figure things out.

Wikipedia entry on Social Class
The Invisibility of Class Privilege (PDF format)
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Tim Wise's web page (essays on White Privilege)
The Male Privilege Checklist

The community has also started a resource list here. Feel free to add any recommendations you might have to the list.

classism.org also has a bibliography (pdf format) of print resources on class and class privilege.