Donna Barber :: Do we mistakenly perceive class assumptions as racial assumptions?

  • “Class is definitely a factor in America, but I think when it comes to people of color – particularly black and brown people – there are racial issues that trump that,” says Donna Barber, Coach at Act Six Academy’s campus with Portland Leadership Foundation. Some people feel that the reason police pull over more black people than white people is that they are actually socially profiling and selecting poor people. But the truth is that persons of color are often singled out regardless of the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, or the other social signs that might point to either poverty or wealth. “That suggests that it’s more than just class.”

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