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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 07:50 PM
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90. I don't like it either
I think it implies that nonwhites are "trash" automatically and that whites are presumably not and so have to be described as "white" for those instances where they are.

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  -What does "White trash" mean? Cyrano  Jan-05-09 11:17 AM   #0 
  - Not sure. I do know that you can have all the money in the world and still act like WT though.  YOY   Jan-05-09 11:18 AM   #1 
  - Exactly!! Rich people can be "white trash" also. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:30 AM   #11 
  - Our local example is Joe Hardy  spinbaby   Jan-05-09 11:34 AM   #15 
  - You're right that it has little to do with money  spinbaby   Jan-05-09 11:32 AM   #13 
  - I can define having money and qualifying as "WT" with one image in my head  YOY   Jan-05-09 11:38 AM   #20 
  - Being a grandmother at 35, putting all your money into your car and not your house...nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:40 AM   #23 
     - Never investing properly. Low culture. Low humor. Little/no value seen in education.  YOY   Jan-05-09 11:42 AM   #24 
     - Yeah, that's it  spinbaby   Jan-05-09 12:13 PM   #43 
     - I've actually seen that in Glendale, AZ.  YOY   Jan-05-09 12:15 PM   #45 
     - and having no intellectual attainments while being unable to give racial prejudice as the reason.  Idealist Hippie   Jan-05-09 12:26 PM   #53 
     - damn by your standards I'm WT.....  unapatriciated   Jan-05-09 06:45 PM   #86 
  - It's about taste. Taking advantage of's not a reference to race. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:38 AM   #21 
  - It's a racist term to put down poor white people. DONT USE IT!  laureloak   Jan-05-09 07:17 PM   #88 
  - someone who would hike up his pantlegs (in a formal family picture) to show  Idealist Hippie   Jan-05-09 12:12 PM   #42 
  - I.E. George Bush Jr. aka Chimpy  snooper2   Jan-05-09 12:01 PM   #33 
  - No.  YOY   Jan-05-09 12:02 PM   #34 
     - Um, he's Ashlee Simpson trashy  snooper2   Jan-05-09 01:03 PM   #69 
  - Best example - Sarah Palin  LynneSin   Jan-05-09 12:04 PM   #36 
  - oh yes  april   Jan-05-09 12:40 PM   #64 
  - I think WT is a synonym for Redneck.  asjr   Jan-05-09 12:32 PM   #58 
     - I know some WT that are hardly "redneck".  YOY   Jan-05-09 12:34 PM   #60 
     - Hardly,  GA_ArmyVet   Jan-05-09 08:21 PM   #92 
        - I grew up in rural Oklahoma. I agree somewhat with your description  XOKCowboy   Jan-06-09 03:13 PM   #97 
           - Exactly  GA_ArmyVet   Jan-06-09 05:13 PM   #103 
  - You are correct.  jaredh   Jan-05-09 11:19 AM   #2 
  - White trash as opposed to black trash?  Tangerine LaBamba   Jan-05-09 11:19 AM   #3 
  - I don't think it applies just to southerners  Bacchus39   Jan-05-09 11:20 AM   #4 
  - I've never connected it to Southerners nor to blacks....n/t  LeftinOH   Jan-05-09 11:20 AM   #5 
  - Yes it is racist-a part of which is white Americans taught to accept people as dispensable  underpants   Jan-05-09 11:21 AM   #6 
  - No, they're worse than black because they don't take advantage of better opportunities.  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:29 AM   #10 
  - Echoes of this very sentiment upthread. nt  Romulox   Jan-05-09 11:58 AM   #31 
  - It referes to whites that are in the south w/ no education? Not Blacks  april   Jan-05-09 12:38 PM   #62 
  - Check "teh Googlez"  PeaceNikki   Jan-05-09 11:21 AM   #7 
  - Harriet Beecher Stowe's take on this aside, what I'm reading  Cyrano   Jan-05-09 11:31 AM   #12 
     - Is DU a fucking thesis, ffs?  PeaceNikki   Jan-05-09 11:34 AM   #14 
     - Agree about Wiki. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:37 AM   #19 
     - depends  qazplm   Jan-05-09 11:42 AM   #25 
  - You hit the nail on the head, my friend. nt  Liberal_Lurker   Jan-05-09 11:24 AM   #8 
  - Not necessarily southern. Doesn't "equate .... with all black people."  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:28 AM   #9 
  - You mean there aren't stupid trashy white people outside of the south?  nini   Jan-05-09 11:34 AM   #16 
  - We've got them in droves up here  TrogL   Jan-05-09 11:50 AM   #29 
  - ZOMG!  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Jan-05-09 12:00 PM   #32 
  - Yes, there are stupid white people outside of the South.  Cyrano   Jan-05-09 11:57 AM   #30 
     - It doesn't equate poor, ignorant whites with blacks at all. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 12:18 PM   #47 
        - Some people like to be outraged.  YOY   Jan-05-09 12:22 PM   #49 
           - Yes, I agree. Like "trailer trash" it is not fair. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 12:26 PM   #52 
  - Should that be "w***e t***h?"  usnret88   Jan-05-09 11:35 AM   #17 
  - 'My Big Redneck Wedding'  liberalmuse   Jan-05-09 11:37 AM   #18 
  - You hear it more now because "trailer trash" is not fair. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 11:40 AM   #22 
  - See Palin, Sarah.  11 Bravo   Jan-05-09 11:43 AM   #26 
  - Igner'nt and proud uvvit  Warpy   Jan-05-09 11:44 AM   #27 
  - It's an echo of the Jim Crowe days. It's hatred for lower-class whites  Romulox   Jan-05-09 11:46 AM   #28 
  - Amazing...  Rebubula   Jan-05-09 12:02 PM   #35 
  - Yep, Romulox, I saw them. Must be some post/Bush form of "Compassionate Liberalism."  Cyrano   Jan-05-09 12:10 PM   #40 
  - Nothing at all to do with class or the South  Lorien   Jan-05-09 12:23 PM   #50 
     - "Poor white trash" = "nothing to do with class"???? You can't be serious. nt  Romulox   Jan-05-09 04:22 PM   #72 
  - Up this way, Trailer Trash is used.  NutmegYankee   Jan-05-09 12:04 PM   #37 
  - Okay, I've always thought 'swamp Yankee' was a reference to flatland New Englanders...  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 12:14 PM   #44 
     - It is - see explanation  NutmegYankee   Jan-05-09 12:24 PM   #51 
  - It has nothing to do with blacks. Where I grew up "white trash" were  Lorien   Jan-05-09 12:08 PM   #38 
  - People who are not only ignorant but proud of their ignorance, do nothing to better humanity  RGBolen   Jan-05-09 12:09 PM   #39 
  - Bingo!  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 12:11 PM   #41 
  - Anything to better humanity costs too much. Hadn't you noticed?  HypnoToad   Jan-05-09 12:20 PM   #48 
  - You have a Futurama icon and username and you bash Family Guy?!  FarceOfNature   Jan-05-09 12:38 PM   #61 
  - Bush. nt  Lorien   Jan-05-09 12:28 PM   #55 
  - Gots your definition right here:  HypnoToad   Jan-05-09 12:15 PM   #46 
  - Caldwell's Lester family and Faulkner's Snopes family...  mitchum   Jan-05-09 12:27 PM   #54 
  - I never thought it had anything to do with race, even though  stuntcat   Jan-05-09 12:31 PM   #56 
  - It means looks white, but isn't living up to the minimal expectations of whiteness.  Gormy Cuss   Jan-05-09 12:31 PM   #57 
  - Wow, Gormy Cuss, you can't get much more on target than that.  Cyrano   Jan-05-09 12:48 PM   #67 
  - What Gormy said.  lwfern   Jan-05-09 07:46 PM   #89 
  - The average guest on the Jerry Springer Show  Chisox08   Jan-05-09 12:34 PM   #59 
  - It's a phrase that allows some people to feel superior to others..  Fumesucker   Jan-05-09 12:39 PM   #63 
  - did you ever see the movie Deliverance //some what like that..  april   Jan-05-09 12:44 PM   #65 
  - a 3rd class citizen by choice  Neo   Jan-05-09 12:48 PM   #66 
  - Whit Trash has different meanings and in all fairness is just as harmfull as the N word.  MiltonF   Jan-05-09 12:57 PM   #68 
  - That's the way it was explained to me back in the forties, however,  Cleita   Jan-05-09 01:08 PM   #70 
  - As opposed to "the colored" variety...  Juniperx   Jan-05-09 01:09 PM   #71 
  - It recognizes that we had different standards for w/bs because blacks got screwed over...  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 04:54 PM   #73 
     - There are thousands of white people...  Juniperx   Jan-05-09 05:07 PM   #74 
        - I'm aware of that. nt  MookieWilson   Jan-05-09 05:09 PM   #75 
  - Tom DeLay is a good example.  SteveG   Jan-05-09 05:21 PM   #76 
  - Sorry, but DeLay and his ilk are a whole different breed.  Cyrano   Jan-06-09 01:24 PM   #94 
  - I just use the term "trashy" but in reference to the same thing.  Alexander   Jan-05-09 05:21 PM   #77 
  - It is classist with racism layer in  Bluenorthwest   Jan-05-09 05:33 PM   #78 
  - It means Murrikans haven't had the good sense to adopt the word chav yet.  LeftyMom   Jan-05-09 05:36 PM   #79 
  - IMO Britney Spears is a perfect example n/t  on the EDGE   Jan-05-09 05:39 PM   #80 
  - I'm white trash  easttexaslefty   Jan-05-09 05:42 PM   #81 
  - It means the person using the term is an ignorant bigot, imo.  Veganistan   Jan-05-09 06:15 PM   #82 
  - Billy Bob, get off your sister. I told you about that son.  IsItJustMe   Jan-05-09 06:21 PM   #83 
  - Just don't confuse White Trash with Rednecks please...  XOKCowboy   Jan-05-09 06:25 PM   #84 
  - White trash isn't racist. I've known a few.  Xithras   Jan-05-09 06:36 PM   #85 
  - sorry if I offend, but I considered Jerry Springer guests and the stars of COPS under this moniker  carlyhippy   Jan-05-09 07:09 PM   #87 
  - I don't like it either  treestar   Jan-05-09 07:50 PM   #90 
  - I think the "trashness" has to do with attitude, not with color -- i.e. the unemployed white guy  Idealist Hippie   Jan-06-09 09:49 AM   #93 
     - That may be your definition...  Gwendolyn   Jan-06-09 01:39 PM   #95 
        - And that is apparently your definition. I've known many, many poor, uneducated and white people  Idealist Hippie   Jan-06-09 04:03 PM   #100 
  - As John Waters said...  Gwendolyn   Jan-05-09 08:15 PM   #91 
  - google OVG  libodem   Jan-06-09 01:50 PM   #96 
  - I'm from the south  aphopkin   Jan-06-09 03:18 PM   #98 
  - Don't any of you guys watch Jerry Springer?  exman   Jan-06-09 03:58 PM   #99 
  - I view the term as a subliminal, reflective, derogatory slur.  Uncle Joe   Jan-06-09 04:11 PM   #101 
  - I'm with you I've always found it offensive because I think it is a racist term  WI_DEM   Jan-06-09 04:11 PM   #102 
  - If you've read (or seen) To Kill a Mockingbird  achtung_circus   Jan-06-09 06:22 PM   #104 

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