We are constantly lectured by unpaid interns at online magazines about just how virulently sexist and racist America was until, well, some dim point in the distant past before they started paying attention, such as In reality, a lot of attitudes changed quickly and fairly smoothly a long time ago due to the Sixties social revolution. From Priceonomics :.
My classmates and I were too young to understand what was going on and I thought the novel was tedious, confusing and creepy. As an adult, I read the novel and watched the celebrated movie and found myself appalled for a different reason. Black Americans who object to the novel and movie for infantilizing blacks have a point — but it must be added that the book and film do so, by demonizing poor whites.
Ummkay, I have some questions. What does this term mean today versus what it used to mean? What's the difference between being white trash and redneck, hillbilly or say, low class?
In fact, if you look at voting behavior, low-income whites in the South are not very different from low-income whites in the rest of the country. Can I get away with saying that rich white trash are the problem? Probably not. What this reflects, in turn, is the odd fact that income levels seem to matter much more for voting in the South.
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White trash. For many, the name evokes images of trailer parks, meth labs, beat-up Camaros on cinder blocks, and poor rural folks with too many kids and not enough government cheese. And there is a third popular use of the term: to denigrate and punish the rich and famous when they act badly.
Southern elite attitudes toward poorer nonslaveholders were often surprisingly critical. This Alabama author's account describes some of the lifestyle patterns that separated those in the upcountry from those living in the wealthy plantation districts. It also suggests why many non-slaveholding whites in the Appalachian mountain areas were less than enthusiastic about Secession.