Guest Posted July 18, 2018 Share Posted July 18, 2018 23 minutes ago, TravelingChris said: I completely disagree with this statement. I think probably just as many people root for the underdog, if not more. When we were doing college interviews for our college, one question that we always asked was is there something difficult you had to overcome in life. Why? Because overcoming difficulties successfully breeds character and so yes, for the hillbilly applicant. It is harder for a person of very limited resources to make it successfully through college and through life. But people cheer that. I do not hire people and never have but my husband has had a career of hiring, choosing for promotion, choosing people for awards, etc. And he has the exact opinion as I do- no favoritism to those who have it easy. No, I disagree that it works that way. In coming from a poor background, people don’t know what they don’t know. Upbringing leaves a mark. Even how nice your teeth and skin look is strongly tied to the wealth or lack of it with which you grew up. Poor people don’t pay for braces; wealthier people do. The linguistic markers one uses provides strong hints to socio-economic level; it is why my mother forbid us from saying “ain’t got no...” though we were poor. I remember one time the office manager at a firm where I worked said she had a habit of watching out the window when an interviewee was expected because she wanted to see how their car looked. So, essentially, she was already forming a prejudice about the candidate before they even arrived at the door. People only cheer it once you have risen above your upbringing. Fewer people are willing to boost someone up before that upbringing has been overcome. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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