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“I was so glad to find your site. I work in a manufactured-home plant putting up cement siding. I have never missed a day and I hit it as hard as I can from the start of my shift until it's time to clock out, and am surprised how many people have a problem with it. People say I'm 'kissing ass' or that I'm trying to make others look bad. I push myself at work for reasons that have nothing to do with other employees, my boss, or even the company. It's about being blue collar, liking what I do and caring about my work. I do it because my grandfather did. It's not just a paycheck, it's what I do. I sweat, bleed, get dirty, and come home tired and sore and wouldn't have it any other way. Good to know that's still ok to some people out there.”
– Jesse Davis, California
“.... I read over your website about working class pride and how it's a bragging point for the rich to be claiming their working class roots.... I just find it interesting you highlight this point, because you are clearly highlighting the U.S. class system.
As you probably know, here in Britain the class system is fixed and very judgmental, yet polite in comparison to how it was many years ago. When someone here in Britain is born working class, their class stays with them forever, no matter how rich or famous they get.”
– George R. Jackson, Great Britain
“Right now I'm 'office class,' but I grew up working farms and then did flooring for a while. People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that I miss working-class life and am thinking about going back. It's a shame and it's sad that so many Americans view working-class life as somehow 'inferior.' I guess they just never discovered what it feels like to accomplish something with their hands.”
– Jeff Suwak, Washington