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  •  Which raises the question, are poor (2+ / 0-)
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    disenfranchised rednecks really white in the sense of privilege? My reservations about identity politics is that it prioritizes race and gender to the exclusion of class consciousness, which the Rich Right (and elements of the Rich Left) just love. The 2008 crash and the Occupy movement did much to put social class back on the radar screen of Democrats, much to our benefit.

    I never liked you and I always will.

    by Ray Blake on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:44:28 PM PDT

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    •  yes; they are (0+ / 0-)

      The wikipedia entry on White Privilege notes it thusly:

      Many analyses of white privilege interpret "whiteness" as an intangible economic good. In his 1935 Black Reconstruction in America, W. E. B. Du Bois first described the "psychological wages" of whiteness:

      It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage. They were given public deference and titles of courtesy because they were white. They were admitted freely with all classes of white people to public functions, public parks, and the best schools. The police were drawn from their ranks, and the courts, dependent on their votes, treated them with such leniency as to encourage lawlessness. Their vote selected public officials, and while this had small effect upon the economic situation, it had great effect upon their personal treatment and the deference shown them. White schoolhouses were the best in the community, and conspicuously placed, and they cost anywhere from twice to ten times as much per capita as the colored schools. The newspapers specialized on news that flattered the poor whites and almost utterly ignored the Negro except in crime and ridicule.[10]

      This idea has been applied to racial tension within the organized labor movement, particularly in the United States. In this view, bosses have been able to stratify workers (without paying them more money) by encouraging white workers to consider themselves superior.[31]

      This is also the basis of poor whites being conditioned to continually vote against their own self interest...

      Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

      by awesumtenor on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:11:13 PM PDT

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