Friday, November 18, 2016

Recommended Reading

There's been a lot of talk about the poor, neglected "white working class." These are the people who are oppressed by the wealthy and by capitalism, struggling to get by and suffering all the various indignities, illnesses, and misery that come with poverty. These are also the people who, instead of looking to the real source of their oppression, blame people of color.

‘White Working Class’ Narrative Is Nothing but a Racist Dog Whistle

Author Kirsten West Savali points out how the key districts in the essential swing state of Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in Latinx residents in recent years.

According to the 2010 census (pdf), the Latinx population in the U.S. grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. In Hazleton, Pa., which is located in Luzerne County, between 2000 and 2010 the demographics shifted from being 90 percent white to nearly 50 percent Latinx. An estimated 10 percent of the Latinx population consists of undocumented immigrants, reports. 
Matthews, who is from Pennsylvania, touched on immigration in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, saying, “[The white working class] just feels that elite leaders, they don’t regulate any immigration, it seems.” Then later: “It’s a deep sense of the country being taken away and betrayed.” 
So many white tears.

You can go to the article itself to see the linked census data.

This piece does a fantastic job at pointing out that little has changed in the U.S. but the language. A little change of language and racists can sneak around pretending they're not racist while voting for a man who is clearly racist because he's promising to deport the people of color moving into their previously entirely white neighborhoods.

History has shown that getting rid of the brown people won't solve any of the "white working class" problems, yet they fall for it again and again.

A lot of white people are still stuck on "how" and "why" could Trump get elected, and the answer is as simple as it's ever been. Racism. RACISM.

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