It’s something that once you see, you cannot unsee.
It took me around 20 years (I’m 23) to see the connection between socio-economic status and race. I think there exists many teenagers, 20 year olds, 40 years olds, and 60 year olds who still haven’t seen this connection.
My ask is the next time you are in a place of rich or poor (a private beach club, a public shopping mall, fancy restaurant, cheaper restaurant) take a moment to look around you and internally note down what you see.
Do this a few times.
You will most likely begin to see the connection between socio-economic status and race – at least in terms of statistics (not trying to create stereotypes here).
The next part is up to you – analysis. Ask: why is this?
If you’re analysis has any part of “this group of people doesn’t like to work hard” – that is racism in itself. If you want to proceed with that answer, you may want to reframe it as “what put this group of people in a challenging position to work hard, or reap the benefits of their hard work”.
Great. Keep it up. What are you going to do about it?