Matronly Barbara Gordon works with, but not for, the city.
I get to meet a good spectrum of the community in my work. A lot of them are blue-collar. I get to have contact with them and talk to them and see them, and to advocate for them. I love my clients. I feel very comfortable around them.
When they come in to see me, I bring them into my office and we have a good rapport. I help them. But my coworkers, they look down on them because they’re doing manual labor. Other people don’t bring clients into their office. I bring my clients into my office and shut the door. I protect them. I notice some of my coworkers don’t do the same. They’ll meet with them in the conference room, they’ll allow them to sit in the reception area for a long time before going to meet with them—they look down on them, because they work in an office as opposed to the street. It’s really weird. No one talks about class, but it’s got to be a class thing.
It sounds like you think this bias comes down to the kinds of labor that are being performed.
It does. Even the support staff. It really comes down to a class thing. People act like they’re better, just because they have an education or something.
The other day, my favorite client was really mad because he was going to be asked a lot of questions about where he lived, how long he’s lived there, where he went to school.
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