The majority of Americans continue to identify themselves as middle class, even when economic evidence to the contrary exists. In reality, there is a growing income inequality and divergence between the wealthy and everyone else. Why do you think Americans hang on to the idea of middle class, rather than acknowledging the true income inequality that we are faced with? What is the appeal of Middle Class status? What social forces do you think allow for and result in the economic inequality as it is described in the links below?