Regardless of these movements, classism continues to exist in society and many authors are trying to create awareness by discussing the topic. This essay analyses classism in contemporary America as discussed by Bell Hooks in her novel, ‘Where We Stand: Class Matters’. The essay has further discussed measures that can be taken to counter socioeconomic oppression that is brought about by classism.
Bell Hooks discusses the theme of classism in contemporary America by addressing issues concerning racism, gender and white-supremacist ideologies. Hooks introduces the book by discussing her poor upbringing. Her story is that of transformation from modest roots upper class echelons. Through Hooks’ biographical narrative, we are able to comprehend her beliefs concerning racism, classism and gender bias. Classism is a dominant theme through the novel, and has been highlighted by racism since racism is used in society to propagate classism. In contemporary America, whites are generally of a higher class while African-Americans and other non-whites are generally considered of being of a low class. Hooks discusses how whites from various classes try their best to assist African –Americans and non-whites of a lower class so that they are able to maintain the status quo (Mahony & Zmroczek 46).
Gender has been discussed by the author in association with the theme of classism. Hooks has explained the role that gender has played in the society in various capacities. In her initial tale, Hooks explains about her patriarchal family, her serious relationship and the liberation movement of women. Hooks asserts that patriarchal exists in various homes and classism/ racism exist in many movements of women. When Hooks combines these issues, she concludes that white women are generally victimized by the social system and the general population (Mahony & Zmroczek 46).