That can be a real problem. We put our trust in people because of class, and they take us for a ride, as happened with Wall Street and our recently tanked economy. We dismiss people because of class, and risk alienating someone or denying them an opportunity they deserve because they "don't look the part." White blue-collar workers and black middle-class professionals don't often ally with each other, even though they may share many of the same values and woes, because they assume they have nothing in common.

These are cracked lenses, and it's time we started replacing them with new ones.

Shay Stewart-Bouley can be reached at

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