The thing is, a poor white person and a poor person of color have a lot more in common in the kinds of experiences they’re likely to have, and the kinds of attitudes and values they’re going to cultivate as a result, than either one of them do with someone in the upper 20% of income distribution.
by Russell Dobular
“You are kept apart that you may be separately fleeced of your earnings. You are made to hate each other because upon that hatred is rested the keystone of the arch of financial despotism which enslaves you both.”-Tom Watson, Georgia Congressman, 1892
It’s a strange time to be a white guy from the American underclass. In a moment when the cultural conversation is being defined by educated elites as one about the inordinate privilege of white people generally, and white men specifically, it puts poor white people in the very odd position of getting “called out” by folks who usually come from far more exalted backgrounds than themselves. It’s kind of like if the villain from Karate Kid grew up to be a social justice warrior and started telling Ralph Macchio to check his privilege. What are you supposed to do with that? These richies have always…
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An excellent article, Dr. Bramhall. Thanks for sharing. We need more white working-class folks to see what Dobular has come to realize.
Thanks, Rosaliene. I’m really fed up with the indoctrination that bombards Americans that there’s no working class any longer (that’s one thing I really like about New Zealand – people are really clear here if they’re working class). If anything, the working class is rapidly growing in the US with the destruction of the middle class.