The social stigma surrounding wealth and class makes the topics difficult to discuss – but as children grapple with inequality, it’s our job to address it

Recently, in a Maryland suburb, a high school baseball team competed against players from a wealthier suburb nearby. A mother was happily chanting for her son’s team when she heard the “cheers” of the other team, issued by both adults and kids. “They chanted: ‘Lower average income! Lower average income!’” said the mother, Jodi Jacobson. The taunts continued: “Can’t your parents afford to feed you? Can we call child protective services?” At another game, players sang “That’s all right, that’s okay! You will work for us someday!”

“It was disgusting,” Jacobson concluded. “I was astounded at the crude and cruel things said by the people in the stands”.

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