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  •  Good story (4+ / 0-)

    and brings up what I believe is the most valid point of racism- that whites in power appeal to the identity of poor whites to keep them poor and ignorant: "us against them, an you're one of us aren't you" While the poor somehow never seem to realize that attacking other poor working people hurts them the most.
      I think this was most recently demonstrated with immigration. Instead of attacking the companies who hired illegal immigrants for less than minimum wage and drove down wages for the community. Workers both black & white blamed the immigrants, this was never the way to go.

    •  "You may be poor trash, boy, (2+ / 0-)
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      Kidspeak, mainefem

      but you're poor WHITE trash. And that makes you better than the nigro."

      This was the line the planters gave the poor whites, inculcating in them the ideology of white supremacy as a defense against the possibility poor whites and enslaved blacks would find common cause and run the planters off of their plantations.

      And this ideology passed from father to son, generation to generation. Like the song goes, "you've got to be carefully taught."

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