Earlier this week, conservative pundit, Ben Shapiro made headlines for poor-shaming Americans who are forced to take a second job just to make ends meet.
If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably shouldn’t have taken the job that’s not paying you enough. That’d be a you problem.
Ben Shapiro Faces Backlash on Social Media
Almost immediately, Shapiro faced a backlash on Twitter about his tone-deaf comments.
Yeah, Ben Shapiro, why should one bother working as a public school teacher or at a nonprofit if they need a 2nd job since giving back to communities isn’t lucrative? Or imagine being born into poverty & having to care not just for oneself but a child.
Let’s opt for compassion. https://t.co/hfPOWxyzNN
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) August 14, 2019
Many teachers also took to posting on Fishbowl. One Maryland teacher wrote, “I didn’t even know who Ben Shapiro was until last night when my husband pointed out his idiotic comments. Do your non-teacher friends understand the challenges we face and why we HAVE to work second jobs?”
In response, an Oklahoma teacher commented, “Ugh, second this for Oklahoma. I get this sentiment more frequently now because people assume that since we just got a pay-raise we are suddenly great. It’s like, ummm. no.”
We decided this was the perfect time to ask our community of teachers on Fishbowl about their job situation. We asked teachers to answer YES or NO to one simple question: Outside of being a teacher, do you supplement your income with part-time work on weekends or school breaks?
Nearly 700 verified teachers answered, with 49.09 percent indicating that they work a second job.
Are you a teacher who has to work a second job to get by? Tweet at us and let us know @fishbowlapp.