The coronavirus has exposed the class divide that has always existed in America. The virus has devastated the economy, leaving approximately 10 million unemployed without prior notice. The class divides in workers evolved instantly with non-traditional workers, such as custodians and independent contractors, immediately losing their jobs, while white-collar workers easily arranged to work from home.
But college was meant to be different. This New York Times article exposes how the pandemic has affected many students at Haverford College, a small college in Pennsylvania, where they felt a sense of equality in housing and food services before the pandemic. “When they were all in the same dorms and eating the same dining hall food, the disparities in students’ backgrounds weren’t as clear as they are over video chat.” The coronavirus has revealed and changed this view and what it means for the idea of equality in our society.