(N.) ‘soo-pur-'sal-uh-ree An outrageously high salary paid to CEOs, middle managers, civil servants or assorted lucky others, which dwarfs the microsalaries going to most workers. (A phenomenon identified by the French economist Thomas Piketty.) Usage: A new gilded age arose in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as businesses allotted supersalaries and special privileges to a select few, while the wages and benefits of the majority stagnated or sank.
Today was incredibly frustrating and upsetting. We were discussing poverty and welfare in my sociology class, and this ignorant person decided to say that welfare should be completely cut off, that tax payer money is being wasted, that we shouldn’t have to pay for"them", etc. So of course I opposed his point and in the middle of when I was speaking he interrupted me to say “it’s their own fault they’re poor.” That’s not only cruel and callous but also incredibly illogical and just false almost all the time. How many kids who grow up poor are able to better themselves later in life? Very few. It’s such a difficult world to mobilize yourself socioeconomically. So I was saying all this, and getting just a little bit upset but still remaining calm and collected, when this asshole guy decided to play the victim and tell me to stop yelling at him. So basically he made me look aggressive and rude because I disagreed with his point. It was so fucking misogynistic. Later during the class, two girls started hysterical laughing because they read a statistic saying 1.7 million kids die a year from diarrhea. I’m sure it’s easy for them to laugh at, considering how they’ve always had immediate access to clean drinking water and never had to worry about sanitation of water. It’s just not funny in any way shape or form and I was close to tears at this point. And the last thing is that my school, a pretty upper class public school full of almost entirely white middle class kids, is taking a trip to a school in the Bronx. Of course, it’s much different than ours. It’s stricken with poverty and it’s an environment of much less opportunity than ours. But it’s not a pity case. My teacher seems to be forcing this school to be a stereotype of poor black America. She’s never even set foot in the school or really even read much about it and she already felt she had the right to tell us that the level of academics in the classes would be much lower than ours, the classrooms would be falling apart, and they’d have no materials. It’s just not her right to try to make this school a caricature to fit the needs of her lesson. Yes, we have to notice our extreme privilege, and understand the vast differences between our two schools, but we also have to let viewing the school be a lesson in itself. We don’t need to place it in a role. I was just so overwhelmingly upset and angry in class today. There was a lack of basic human empathy that I found horrifying and sickening. I had to go to the bathroom just to keep myself from lashing out at everyone.