When the superintendent was quoted last week on KPIX describing Hayward as a “blue-collar school district,” it set off a round of debate here over what that means.
Last week a HayWord commenter wrote: “He said that we are a blue collar town. What does that mean, exactly? The tone of this comment, which aired on the local news, was one of elitism and arrogance.”
So what does it mean? Is it derogatory, factual, neutral? And does it matter? In my few years working here, I’ve heard some politicians take pains to say Hayward is not just a blue-collar town anymore and others who do the exact opposite.
I’ll be writing about this (blue collardom, not Vigil’s specific sound byte) and hope to hear your comments or suggestions. You can call me today or Friday at (510) 293-2473.