Enter the podcast that answers (almost) all of your questions about race and class.
Code Switch offers their take:
First, don’t fetishize poor cultures as being the only ‘authentic’ ones. Acknowledge that everyone is striving for upward mobility. Gene Demby of NPR says it’s a good thing if a lawyer of color moves into a low-income neighborhood – they are setting examples, too.
“There are so many ways your class can be utilized to advocate for people in those communities. Your presence there is not necessarily detrimental,” replies Demby. “My life would have been improved if I didn’t live next to an abandoned building.”
Second, do not let your class prevent you from embracing your community. If you’re a resident of privilege who’s moved into a lower-income neighborhood, engage with your neighbors.
“If you walk down the street and never speak to anybody or you’re still clutching your purse when you’re walking past a group of kids playing hopscotch, it doesn’t send a good message,” said Karen Grigsby Bates, another NPR correspondent. “But if you get to know your neighbors and you’re part of the block club and you’re helping out then I think it makes a difference.”