Mike Rowe, Host of the TV show “Dirty Jobs”, replied to a message from an electrical contractor who found it offensive that the media constantly refers to his supporters as “uneducated white men.”
Albert Samos wrote to Rowe on Facebook:
‘The media has recently been stating that Donald Trump’s key supporters didn’t graduate from college. They constantly refer to these people as ‘uneducated white men.’ As an electrical contractor who happens to be a white guy with six employees but no college, I find this vaguely offensive and somewhat confusing. What do you think of the media characterizing people this way?”
Mike Rowe posted a spectacular, yet lengthy reply on his Facebook page. Here’s an excerpt:
There are many ways to become educated that don’t involve the purchase of a diploma. Why would the media ignore thousands of apprenticeship programs, on-the-job-training opportunities, and all the other alternative educational options that have led so many people into so many successful careers? The answer is obvious – many in the press are looking for ways to impact the election. If a biased reporter can get away with labeling Trump supporters who didn’t graduate from college as “uneducated,” he can simultaneously imply that any ballot cast for Trump is the hallmark of an “uneducated” voter.
Do you have a degree? If not, how do you feel about the media adding you to the uneducated category?