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Letter: Phrase ‘minimum-wage work ethic’ is derogatory, hateful
First Published Mar 29 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 29 2014 01:01 am

Today I read for the first time a new "trigger phrase," a phrase meant to communicate through the back door in a wink-wink insinuative style a warning and an affirmation of a challenge to the well-being of the middle class.

The phrase is "minimum-wage work ethic," a tricky combination of words meaning the people who are willing to work for minimum wage are lazy and unambitious, and to increase their pay would only reward such behavior, which the higher-paid, hard-working people with "authentic" work ethic would have to pay for through their taxes.

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A response I saw to a similar phrase was "If someone works at Walmart, it’s their own fault."

Make no mistake. Such "trigger phrases" are derogatory, arrogant, hateful and at their core racist.

Artelle Cracraft

Centerville




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