The 'Working Class' Becomes Less White

Claire Gordon
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The "working class" usually conjures the image of a low-wage laborer, who never got a college degree, doesn't sit in a cubicle, and doesn't wear a suit. He is also a "he," and a white one too, just like his male proletarian forebears. But racial minorities make up an ever greater percentage of this group. In New York City's construction industry, a traditional pillar of the working class, white employees are a shrinking minority.