I saw someone say the other day, (paraphrasing) “Community college shouldn’t be stigmatized. They’re great and affordable.” (Relative to other colleges)
Stigma functions as an opportunity signal.
Whenever you see a stigma around a certain ritual or activity, look for the opportunity.
If there was no stigma around community colleges, that would be because they are commonly adopted. If they are commonly adopted, that means that competition has risen, and opportunity is leaving. Therefore, from the proceeding statement, “Community college shouldn’t be stigmatized. They’re great and affordable.”, is almost a contradiction in terms. People don’t understand that stigma is a second order effect, not a first order effect. People also mistake racism as a first order effect.