Classism, or class discrimination, is differential treatment based on socioeconomic class or perceived socioeconomic class. It is the systematic oppression of subordinated class groups to advantage and strengthen the dominant class groups. It’s the systematic assignment of characteristics of worth and ability based on socioeconomic class.
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