Gringo View: Status Is Not Just About Money

The reality of the brutal and growing class differences has been amplified by the pandemic. The old saying that ‘the rich get richer and the poor get babies’ has migrated from insensitive humor to class anger.

RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The firestorm of consciousness about class, race and cultural values, ignited by the police killing of handcuffed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the murder of Marielle-Franco in Rio have brought issues more often swept under the rug into sharp focus. They are urgent and disturbing.

Here and in the US, searching questions are being asked and answers demanded by cohorts who have seen their already precarious lives disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, not only by its economic devastation but by the sense, felt by many, that they are in great danger of . . .

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