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The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class in America Topics: 2012 Election, Economy

How can Americans come together to forge solutions to our most vexing problems if we only know our story and our perspective?

 Why, despite alignment around key issues, has the white working class been overlooked by most social change philanthropies and overshadowed by dynamic organizing efforts in communities of color?

Cultural alienation from and ignorance about this community is rampant. For most of us, what we know about the white working class comes from the media and the movies. Exclude urban whites and union members, and our obliviousness is near total.

To get beyond the stereotypes that inhibit our understanding of the real values and needs of white working-class Americans, The Nathan Cummings Foundation helped commission a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation has long believed that challenging conventional wisdom, especially in today’s polarized political climate, is essential to making systemic and lasting change.

By understanding the nuances, the complex interests and experiences as well as the struggles of nearly one-third of our nation we will be able to better confront the challenges facing Americans of all backgrounds.