In America, the socioeconomic divide between the affluent and the poor continues to widen. Indeed, the middle class of the United States has been struggling for many years and has actually declined over several decades in a phenomenon known as the hourglass effect. Today, more than 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Despite this, many affluent individuals and families are living lavishly in America, particularly in the northeast and pacific northwestern regions of the nation. And as the nation continues to become increasingly polarized and divided in terms of national politics, wealth and economic status continue to mirror these trends. Over the last several years following the election of President Donald Trump, the white middle class of the nation has continued to lean heavily to the right and has embraced Republican messaging, while affluent white Americans remain staunchly progressive and liberal.
Regardless of political affiliation, people who enjoy significant wealth tend to live extremely luxurious and comfortable lifestyles. Across America, there often is a common stereotype associated with “spoiled rich kids”: it seems that the majority of people are familiar with the slogan. When those words are uttered, one may envision a teenager driving a seriously expensive car without a care in the world. Unfortunately, the impulsiveness and recklessness often common within the behavioral tendencies of teenagers does not diminish or discriminate in cases of wealth.
Fraser Bohm, a former high school baseball standout athlete, was driving on the Pacific Coast highway in late October. Bohm was speeding, and supposedly reached speeds in excess of one hundred miles per hour before colliding with another vehicle. This vehicle was occupied by four sorority girls- members of Pepperdine University. All were killed. Bohm was charged with four counts of malice murder and vehicular manslaughter, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bohm supposedly admitted to detectives that he may have been texting and driving at the time of the tragic accident.