1) Many of them -- the traditionally aged ones anyway -- don't know what "blue-collar" and "white-collar" mean.
2) Many of them are highly critical of the class system in the 1950s (they've been reading Vance Packard's The Status Seekers) and its emphasis on appearances, material possessions, family background, etc. in determining status. They believe that that has all somehow been magically fixed for them. They believe that they now live in a society where individual ability and individual worth are truly appreciated and rewarded.
The first one is just a kind "hunh" look how far we have come sort of observance. This is not a designation I have really had to "teach" before.
The second one, however, well, that one gives me more pause and I find myself staring at them with a combination of pity and concern... and maybe just a tiny bit of alarm.
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