|Yes there have been polls on this before in this forum. The average SAHM here on MDC comes from a much higher income bracket than the average american. Overall MDC is white/ middle/ upper middle class, judging from income polls I've seen here and on other sections of the board..
Interesting, I'm new here so haven't seen the polls. I can't say that I'm too surprised, it's long been a fight of mine to get people to address poverty in childhood and more "natural" rearing issues, but it doesn't seem to be a place a lot of people want to go. I'm kinda seeing how Audre Lorde might have felt. *g*
In another post, and I need to get this off my chest, there was the issue of privilege brought up as to accounting to how people have gotten where they are if they were in a higher income.
Now first of all I don't believe that I deserve this money any more than anyone else, otherwise I wouldn't be a card carrying socialist and have been for nearly half my life now.
In somehow hell were to freeze over and my political party would win, I can see another 20K added to my tax bill easily! But I'd pay it if I believed it would ensure national daycare programs, or subsidised post secondary tuition.
I don't believe that I've worked harder than say my mother who was a single mom and supported us on a waitresses income, when she could find work.But
I do need to point out that outside of being lucky enough to being born in Canada and speaking English, I am not here because of privilege. I'm not white, able-bodied, I've been homeless at least three times before I was 10, my father was abusive is just about every way, I've gone to bed hungry, was very underweight and chronically ill, I grew up in a community that was rife with drugs, abuse, violence, I've seen people killed, I've had friends killed, well the list goes on.
I am the first person in my family to get a post secondary education. My family is largely native and black and like many in the community are still reeling from issues stemming back from genocide, assimilation and slavery. I had to sleep on this post and think about my ancestors, would they think I'm too proud of my accomplishments?
I am a bit proud, I'll admit it, I've been through a system that is not set up to be too friendly towards people like me and have done a good job. And the best thing about it, is that while I can recognise and address the huge inequities of this system, I am no longer bitter about them.
I don't think I've worked harder than people (especially other visible minorities) living in poverty, I've been there, I know what it's like. Me saying I worked hard, (although glib and I can see that) is not me saying I worked harder than someone else, but it is me recognising that I've done just as well as someone who had a heck of a head start compared to me. I am saying that it's not simply luck or privilege and I've had many a relative come up to me saying "Baby, you've done well, don't let anyone take away from what you've done" and ultimately last night this was what was ringing through my head.
I've never forgotten my roots, I think it's not only ethical, but spiritual mandate to help those who are struggling on the same path, whether with time, money, or what is left in my brain *g*. I'm not going to list my volunteer actions, but lets say they take up a good chunk of my time.
Anyhow, I guess this was a bit of a bee in my bonnet, and I had to get it out, because society doesn't want to judge me on the same standards, that's fine...well it's not, but I can accept that, but I'm not going to be silent when it's assumed that I have done well because of privilege, when the truth is, I had fought tooth and nail-just like many others-just to scrape by, let alone to be where I am and there is no shame in it for me.