The Poor is Stuck; The Middle Class Moves; The Wealthy Chooses.


Let’s chat about class, shall we? Don’t get excited! We are not going to talk about class as one would chat in a college classroom or anything educational but class as a societal class as it relates to social mobility and strata. For some goofy reason, we Americans don’t talk too much about social class and I would argue that to a degree at least, many consider talking about social class as a taboo. It is kind of a taboo to talk about social strata in American society as many Americans, regardless of gender or ethnicity, think that many of us belong to the middle class.

Don’t be ashamed if you are either born poor or wealthy. God has good reasons to have created all kinds of people and every circumstance under the sun and never forget — God has created you for a reason despite of how much money you have or don’t have or how many cars you drive or not drive. Let me tell you this: In this article, we are going to break some taboos and discuss class classifications. We are going to talk about social strata and the unwritten realities that exist within each one of them.  I will share with you three types of American classes and what do they really mean to people who belong to them.

  1. The poor class. Many would categorize this class as composed of folks who chose to ignore the calling for pursuing formal education. “Individuals belonging to this class tend to be categorized as lazy and hopeless and unable to support themselves in a market economy,” many say. The former, in my opinion at least, is at the bare minimum deceiving because poverty is such a complex construct to define that I find the former a bit problematic to accept face value without being skeptical about it but since a critical mass of individuals think this way, we will include the former definition in this article and consider as a possibility. I would rather define “the poor class” as citizens belonging to a class that can’t literally move — who are stuck. Even when they try to leave their place of dwelling, they often cannot because of financial circunstances.
  2. The Middle class. Too many would categorize this class as “middle class” without looking at the obvious, which is to realize that within the middle class… there are other subcategories of what we define “middle class” to be. A 50K family middle class should not be seen as “middle class” against another family who bring home 39K or 125K. I would say that the middle class has divisions within itself into low, “middle” and “high” classes within the class. You might disagree and that’s okay but to me at least, the middle class is rarely in the “middle.” I would rather categorize the middle class as a moving class — Those who are always on the move for opportunity and can literally move. In 2017, members of this class rarely buy houses, drive luxury cars, consume experiences and are often members of what I call “the excellent” class because to belong in the higher strata of the “middle class,” you have t be excellent in what you do. If the poor class is stuck, the middle class moves. Those at the top move more often.
  3. The Wealthy Class. The wealthy class do what they wish. They stay or go as they wish but they rarely move from one location to another because they social capital is often local. The ca “choose” because of the social capital infrastructure their families have acquired throughout the years making “tradition” a critical variable of their lifestyle. They are much (I repeat) much different than what I call the “Middletocracy,” or those in the middle class who try to look like a wealthy class person but we all know (including the real wealthy) they they are more like a middle “middle” class than a wealthy one. The wealthy class rules and often do what they want. The rules of the system are based on them and they often make the rules in the first place. If the poor class is stuck, the middle moves… the wealthy chooses.

Don’t be ashamed if you are either born poor or wealthy. God has good reasons to have created all kinds of people and every circumstance under the sun and never forget — God has created you for a reason despite of how much money you have or don’t have or how many cars you drive or not drive. The poor is stuck; The middle class moves; The wealthy chooses. Just because the former might be true, it doesn’t mean that you should be sad or happy about these circumstances because in the end, God is in control not you. Never forget, “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways” (Proverbs 8:6); “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). 

Be vary careful with loving money, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pang” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).  
Love God above everything and be content with the Lord has given you. We are, perhaps, called to better understand our situations in order to better glorify God with what was given to us. Remember: Life isn’t about you or me. It is about God.

Author: Dr. Luis Camillo Almeida

Communication Arts professor who has taught over a thousand students in his career. By empathizing with his students, he advises them to think with no box and motivates them to have a successful college life. Through his multifaceted approach to traditional and new medias, his students have the opportunity to become better communicators. Dr. A has helped hundreds of young adults to truly discover who they are, what makes them tick and where their passions lie, in order to achieve long term success in life. He is a very productive college professor who can be found on a variety of social media outlets, public and academic sources, and even on merchandise showcasing his photographic art. Technology complements but doesn’t define him. Colleges house him but can’t hold him.