Please read 'Dear Hunting With Jesus' by Joe Bageant. The author discusses (in a quite readable way) why and how poor whites are ignored though encouraged to vote against their best interests based on class. Poor, dysfunctional, pitiful, and neglected whites are only trotted out when things (social decay and economic collapse) is truly desperate and creeping up closer to the striving Middle Class. Expect to see more pitiful white folks. Poor blacks are used to only define dysfunction as a product of stereotypical negatives that support the historical 'shiftlessness' of the barefooted 'low-class' blacks who don't pull themselves up by their mythical bootstraps.