- Oct 13, 2006
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I remember that after I had worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken for one year and half, I got a wage raised from $1.50 to $1.60. The dish washer job that I had before was $1.25 per hour.What was the average wage in the 70s though because $20 then could easily be as expensive or even more expensive than the cost now.
A street fighter may be able to teach his "street fighting" skill/experience to his students. He won't be able to teach a complete MA package to his students.
Back in the 70, one may only need to pay $20 per month to learn MA. Today, I believe it will be at least $150 per month.
Our definition of "poor" may be different.poor people can afford martial arts training.
Thank you for sharing that very interesting story. And those honorable actions taken by you and your companions deserve a lot of respect. Well done sir.Not exactly the same circumstances as the thread title, but far worse...
I competed in South Africa back in the day, Apartheid was still in effect. We were part of a team of fighters, five of our guys were black. Our black guys were all celebrated there, because we were from the USA. I found that very odd.
We found out that black people down there were not allowed to study any Martial Arts, not only could they not afford it, they were not allowed to.....period.
Some of our guys found out that some of them had been training in secret for years. They agreed to take some of us to where they trained. They liked us because we treated them the same way as we treated everybody else. We drove a couple of hours into the middle of nowhere, to a ramshackle place where they trained in secret. We taught them as much as we could in the time allowed. We wanted to give them all of our equipment, even our gis, they trained in their street clothes - our competition was over - they wouldn't take anything because it might be used latter as evidence against them.
It was a very odd experience.
IIRC, the US has one of the lowest levels of class mobility of any developed country.
nd for the U.K, you can switch classes, both social and economic.
Well no not really. You will always remain what you were born, you can change how much money you have, you can marry an aristocrat but you won't actually be regarded as one by those who were born as one. You can change the category the social scientists put you in, but you can't escape being labelled at the class you are. Too much gives it away, what school you went to, how you hold your knife, what newspaper you read, what words you use, things like this define your class even today in the UK. This why the Duchess of Cambridge may be a Royal Duchess but in aristocratic circles she will always be middle class lol.
Both in income and status I have fallen a long way down from where my parents stood socially!
William of Normandy.
So, while in the UK it may take several generations to really move up socially, here in the States, it can be done it one generation. The problem is, that works both ways. Both in income and status I have fallen a long way down from where my parents stood socially!
Economically speaking the U.K is among the fairer countries for it just down to free education until 18 and plenty of schemes and grants for households that make little money.
First thing that went wrong there, didnt define if it was social class or economic. (they are tied together in some places, not in others and everywhere inbetween) And to avoid politcs (lest i get smithed) economic class is almost always changable. Social is pretty much worthless in most places anyway,unless its inately tied to economic.
That's a good point. Americans don't really.... believe in social class as a concept, for the most part
I'm not getting into political debate but we have food banks, people committing suicide because their benefits are stopped etc etc etc.