In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has been similar to the housing bubble of 2008. The middle and working class have been disproportionately affected by both.
Georgetown University Professor and Working-Class Perspectives Contributor Sherry Linkon explained how the working class has been affected by the pandemic and how the working class has fractured into other groups.
Pandemic effects on the working class
Linkon said the working class has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She likened it to the 2008 housing bubble, which devastated the middle class.
She explained how it will take a lot of work to dig out of the hole that has been dug.
Fractured working class
Later, she said the working class, which used to be fairly united, has been fractured into multiple groups. This has created an “us versus them” mentality as people search to find people who they view as lesser. She said this has been evident on a racial level.
She said the Black Lives Matter movement has brought this to the forefront. Both sides of the political aisle are more alike than they want to believe, the current issues have given people something they feel is worth fighting for.