There's an interesting and disturbing trend that is being pointed out by some of the people I follow on YouTube. Youtubers by the way that were born poor, were part of the working poor and therefore know what it's like to survive on a measly $10 an hour. Like Tim Pool that never graduated high school but began to read ferociously when he was a baggage handler at O'Hare airport, ultimately securing reporting jobs at Vice and Fusion before starting his own network.
This trend? It's for wealthy and privileged social justice warriors to talk about the "we" when talking about the poor and downtrodden. Now most will try to hang their hat on the fact that they might be a woman, and/or African American and/or gay. But poor they are not.
Of course when confronted they claim they are with the poor in "spirit." So while the working poor wait out in the elements for a late city bus, usually late because the drivers want to milk the local municipality for overtime their "spirited" brethren are riding around in the back of a chauffeured SUV. Has the "we" ever stood in a pantry line? Lived in a homeless shelter? Stood in line at a government agency to try to get benefits to supplement their paltry paycheck? No way. They wouldn't actually be caught dead anywhere near a homeless shelter.
As much as these people ramble on about "helping the poor" they are the ones that run to their high priced tax accountant in April to find all the tax loopholes. They are the ones that utilize some app that will find the cheapest gardener or nanny in town. After all providing resources to the poor is someone else's responsibility.
But they can clear their mind and soul by telling the world via Twitter, FB and Instagram they are the "we" in the poor. Recently one such woman born to Harvard graduates and raised in a very upper income family complained that it wasn't fair that she didn't get to experience the economic heydays of the 1960s and 1970s. Yes, because she's part of the "we".
As someone that has lived and worked with the working poor I can tell you they want no part of the "we." They find these people insulting to their existence as human beings. People truly dedicated to the working poor often do so in quite, unglamorous and tough conditions. Just ask anyone that has ever served a meal at a homeless shelter or tries to get a reduced bus pass for someone making less than $20K a year.
The great George Carlin ahead of his time saw this coming. People that would jump on the "we" bandwagon, including the "PC' culture, to enhance their own desire of 5 minutes of fame. In the world of social media fame the time line has been reduced from 15 to 5 minutes. The "do gooders" that do very little good but sure feel good about it. And what no better way than to "join" the beaten down and claim your solidarity with them.