Why Is It Still OK To 'Trash' Poor White People?

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    Food for thought....

    Why Is It Still OK To 'Trash' Poor White People?

    When poor (or formerly poor) white folks do get portrayed in the media and pop culture, they're often reduced to a series of offensive stereotypes: that they're angry, lazy, dirty, overweight, sunburned, stupid, racist, alcoholic, abusive, jobless, tacky, diseased, violent, backwards, Bible-thumping and uneducated. Those stereotypes get reinforced over and over again on TV and in movies, as anyone who watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or Duck Dynasty will tell you.

    other slurs, there has been some reclamation of "white trash" — songs and cookbooks and T-shirts that celebrate white-trash culture. And plenty of people unabashedly refer to themselves as white trash.

    But no matter who uses it, the phrase itself reinforces some pretty insidious ideas about the meaning of whiteness (and, by reflection, blackness — we'll get to that in a minute). By accepting the idea that white trash exists, people are tacitly accepting that there is another, different kind of whiteness. Normal white people — the ones who aren't white trash — embody all the things white trash can't: They're hardworking, educated, classy, kind and good.

    Anyone who doesn't conform to those values can't ever really be fully white. Hence, white trash.


    "The problem with the white trash reference is often ... it becomes an easy way to dismiss a group and to generalize," Isenberg says.
     
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    There are white trash, black trash, red and yellow trash...there are also great people of all color who are great people.

    I've been called white trash and trailer trash...back on another forum one old hag used it constantly...until I found out she lived in a double wide in West Virginia....oh boy was that a red letter day on that forum when I dropped the hammer LOL
     
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    Alright....that is kinda funny :lol:
     
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    But if someone posted a similar cartoon with a black person...would it be funny...or racist...or offensive?
     
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    Its not okay...
     
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    What is interesting in the article is it attacks the assumption that wealthy, urban, educated, “classy” white people cant be racist but poor, rural, southern white people must be.
     
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    Personally I dont give a shit either way.
    There are white,black,yellow and brown xxxxxx and all colors in between.
    I wont associate with any of them.

    Edited to remove racial slur. Do not bypass the word filter.

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    Hell the libs do it on this forum.
     
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    Chris Rock on poor whites
    'I got bused to school into a poor white neighborhood. A neighborhood worse than the one I lived in. And everybody’s scared of black people, everybody’s scared of Puerto Ricans. Yo, there ain’t nothing scarier than poor white people… Yo, these muthafuckers, they lived under the trailer home, alright. They weren’t white trash, they’re like white toxic waste.'

    ask him....
     
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    Hillary really stepped in it when she referred to working class white voters as uneducated, deplorable, homophobic and islamophobic. That is probably the prime reason why she lost.
     
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