Stupidity Deconstructed Critical Analysis

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The reading, “Stupidity ‘Deconstructed,’” was an eye-opener to me, because it offered me an understanding to a topic that I’m familiar with but can’t quite grasp. Kati, the author, talked about how stupidity is synonymous with the working class in this society. Kati realized that the working class, herself included, are not stupid. Stupid vs smart was concept created by the middle- and upper class to keep a certain elite-ness to themselves, to create exclusivity. Kati went to the extend of looking up and defined the word stupid in her essay. She proceeded to say how the working class are “boring, senseless, and dull” only due to the same, simple routine in their jobs, which doesn’t require a lot of creativity or interesting thoughts to carry …show more content…
There’s so much stigma around working class family and I just don’t understand why. As I grew older, it has everything to do with money and power, but when you’re from a working class you have neither of those. Even with three people working in my family, we were still barely surviving. People in Wheaton would look at what kind of cars you’re driving, what part of town you’re living in, how well educated are you, how cultural are you, etc. It’s all part of the requirements to be a member of the middle- and upper class. These are the kind of privileges that people from the working class can only dream of. A lot times I see close family friends would have to quit school because they have to start working in order to help out their family, yet the elite can never seem to able to grasp this concept. When you’re the only person that you have to think about and care for, there’s not much to worry about. Your heads are up in the clouds, as they say, that you have the “rich people’s …show more content…
They marked my family as stupid, and this confused me. I didn’t think we were, but had no tools for arguing against such an intense social construct” (Kadi 140). Like Kadi, when my friends would ask what does my mom do for a living and I would say that she’s a machine operator. Their response would often be, “Oh,” with the most uninterested look on their face. They didn’t understand what it means because my mom’s job sounded so mundane to them. They were the children to lawyers, doctors, and engineers...much more noble. But I guess those classmates will never understand how incredibly intelligent my mom is. She can quickly calculate a large amount of money, take percent out of it, and divide with amazing accuracy without the assistance of a calculator. The same thing can be said of my brother-in-laws and sisters. They are all hard workers like everyone but how come they don’t get the same appraisal as of noble jobs? It’s because society has put them there without their knowledge. The working class will always be the people who are losing out on the perks that you get as a member of society, because no matter how hard working or “smart” they are, they will always be the butt of the joke in a TV show or some

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