Joan C. Williams on the “class culture gap”

Joan C. Williams has a new piece up at the Harvard Business Review on What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class.  She predicts that the piece will be “so unpopular that [she] risk[s] making [her]self a pariah among [her] friends on the left coast,” and when you read the piece you can understand why she’s worried.  To take one example, she argues that:

Hillary Clinton, by contrast [to Trump], epitomizes the dorky arrogance and smugness of the professional elite. The dorkiness: the pantsuits. The arrogance: the email server. The smugness: the basket of deplorables. Worse, her mere presence rubs it in that even women from her class can treat working-class men with disrespect. Look at how she condescends to Trump as unfit to hold the office of the presidency and dismisses his supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic.

There is much to debate about the piece.  Among other things, it can be read as suggesting a “white working class” that is culturally unified to the point of being monolithic (e.g., “the white working class resents professionals but admires the rich”). But, agree or disagree (or, more likely, agree in part and disagree in part), the piece is a must-read in light of last week’s results.