NLA Discussion: Advocates' talk
GEORGE E. DEMETRION
gdemetrion at juno.com
Wed Mar 24 00:40:59 EST 1999
On Tue, 23 Mar 1999 14:34:50 -0600 Harriet Vardiman Smith
<hsmith at coe.tamu.edu> writes:
>Art LaChance wrote from beautiful Ellijay, Georgia:
>"I see three classes emerging; the fortunate few, the minimum wage
>earners, and the incarcerated.
>Is there something I'm not seeing here??"
Where does the middle class (precarious or otherwise) fit into this;
certainly not with the fortunate few, but neither with the minimum wage
earners, either. Not that I'm not critical of any rosy picture of
Clintonesque economics or the likelihood of adult literacy learners in
significant numbers assuming entry level jobs in the informational sector
of the post-industrial, global economy. But, to your point, Art, a
recent news broadcast identified 1 in every 150 Americans as
incarcerated-- a very high rate, indeed. And poverty, linked to race,
class, ethnicity, gender, and urbanism is likely to remain a significant
feature in U.S. life for a very long time.
LVA-CT River east
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