Did you know that "Whiteness" is a legal status? And that it didn't exist until the 1600's? It was used to break up the alliance between poor White indentured servants and enslaved Africans in slave rebellions.
You see, "RACE" is a con. It's a social construct that's been used to divide poor people for hundreds of years. And it's still continuing to this day.
"At least you're not Black" worked in the 1600's and it's still working. Unfortunately reality tends to not pay attention to ideology. Corporate profits are at record levels and wages have been stagnant for almost 20 years. Poor White people cheered while Republicans and Democrats alike shredded social programs, using the MYTH of the Black "welfare Queen" to justify doing so.
That mean spiritedness driven by racism also goes directly at class and alot of it is embodied in the way the "well to do" think about the not so well off:
"Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence—and the incomprehensible malice—of poor white America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs … The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin."
This is a Conservative talking about poor White neighbourhoods. The scorn, lack of compassion and vitriol is very familiar to Black people.
When you hear Donald Trump rail against "political correctness" & "making America great again", he's tapping into something that is key to America's cultural identity: White Supremacy.
Blame all the people that don't look like you for your problems, while all the people that do look like you (but wear nicer suits) don't do shit to help you and get richer and richer.
You see, alot of White people were sold a bag of goods and now that bag is looking pretty empty.
With people standing up for their rights...alot of the ugliness of our society is being pushed to the front and alot of people are about to lose their "perceived seat at the table". And those people are running to Donald Trump to save them.
At some point in time, I'm hoping everyone wakes up to this con-game. And hopefully, the stark divide that electing the poster boy for unearned White privilege and all the hypocrisy that comes with it, will be the starting point.