FIVE DAYS IN MARCH

DAY 1

It’s the climate.

If a small difference in climate can change the quality of the wine, imagine what it can do to the human.

Imagine what it can do to the quality of the entire planet and all existing on it.

I’ve been looking all over the internet for an image of the blue-collar worker – steel worker – who has a wife, three kids, two cars and a house. He asked a question of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Town Hall at Ohio State University.

This Is The NEW Face of The Blue Collar Worker.

Blue-Collar Poster Boy

Blue-Collar Poster Person

Articulate. Well-groomed. Informed. Poised.

Sweaty hair, dirty clothes, greasy hands, hard hat is how THAT group has been depicted by the news media for decades. Do they really wear their hard hats to public places? You might think so from the news images every time the words ‘blue-collar’ come up.

There’s something about the faint sneer in tone when news people, dressed to the hilt, say ‘blue-collar’. It’s almost demeaning. Under-educated comes to the collective mind of the educated and over-educated.

Bran Sealy, I think that was his name.

I googled him, the event, went all over looking for that picture of him standing at that rally.

Nothing. How could that be? Do I have the wrong name? Google posts images on everybody. He was so impressive. His look. His speech. His organization. Was I the only one blown away by his demeanor?

Was I the only one who saw him as the new poster person for the blue-collar worker?

Some of the smartest people I’ve ever met never went to college. Maybe this guy did go to college and this is where he landed – as a blue-collar worker in the steel industry.

Should we give the blue-collar worker less respect, because they don’t wear a white shirt and tie to work? Should we be making an intellectual assessment of a person based on their work attire?

College doesn’t make a person smart or not smart.

Something so small as the color of a collar can alter how one views, or how the world views, a person.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight






 

 

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