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Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:23 PM

"I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump" - Must Read Article Gets It!

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." Martin Luther King also gave a sermon, The Drum Major Instinct, about how racism is used to oppress and exploit poor whites.

Now, we have Donald Trump who ran the most overtly racist and hateful campaign in recent memory, yet he is labeled a populist because he won a huge percentage of the poor white vote even though his actual policies are extremely harmful to the poor and middle class. Is this a new phenomena?

The answer, as the article ably explains, is that this tactic is well rooted in American history dating back to the days of slavery. Yet, the corporate media is reluctant to note how the economic elites have often used racism to oppress not just minorities who were the subject of the racism, but the poor whites whose hate was nurtured and exploited.

What the Democrats need to do is not to just denounce racism, sexism and xenophobia, but they need to bear witness to the harm caused by Republicans policies and expressly call out Republicans for using hate to not just oppress minorities and women, but to mislead and oppress white men.

http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/05/24/i-know-why-poor-whites-chant-trump-trump-trump/

What is it about a flamboyant millionaire that appeals to poor white conservatives? Why do they believe a Trump presidency would amplify their voices? The answer may lie in America’s historical relationship between the wealthiest class and the army of poor whites who have loyally supported them.

From the time of slavery (yes, slavery) to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the allegiance of the white underclass to retain their affluence and political power. To understand this dynamic, to see through the eyes of poor and working class whites as they chant, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” let’s look back at a few unsavory slices of America’s capitalist pie.

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As the British labor market improved in the 1680s, the idea of indentured servitude lost its appeal to many would-be immigrants. Increasing demand for indentured servants, many of whom were skilled laborers, soon bumped up against a dwindling supply, and the cost of white indentured servants rose sharply. Plantation owners kept skilled white servants, of course, often making them plantation managers and supervisors of slaves. This introduced the first racial divide between skilled and unskilled workers.

Still, African slaves were cheaper, and the supply was plentiful. Seeing an opportunity to realize a higher return on investment, elite colonial landowners began to favor African slaves over white indentured servants, and shifted their business models accordingly. They trained slaves to take over the skilled jobs of white servants.

An investment in African slaves also ensured a cost-effective, long-term workforce. Female slaves were often raped by their white owners or forced to breed with male slaves, and children born into slavery remained slaves for life. In contrast, white female servants who became pregnant were often punished with extended contracts, because a pregnancy meant months of lost work time. From a business perspective, a white baby was a liability, but African children were permanent assets.

As the number of African slaves grew, landowners realized they had a problem on their hands. Slave owners saw white servants living, working, socializing, and even having babies with African slaves. Sometimes they tried to escape together. What’s more, freed white servants who received land as part of their freedom dues had begun to complain about its poor quality. This created a potentially explosive situation for landowners, as oppressed workers quickly outnumbered the upper classes. What was to prevent freed whites, indentured servants, and African slaves from joining forces against the tyranny of their masters?

As Edmund S. Morgan says in his book American Slavery, American Freedom, “The answer to the problem, obvious if unspoken and only gradually recognized, was racism, to separate dangerous free whites from dangerous slave blacks by a screen of racial contempt.”

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TomCADem Dec 2016 OP
JI7 Dec 2016 #1
TomCADem Dec 2016 #4
BlueStater Dec 2016 #2
TomCADem Dec 2016 #6
atreides1 Dec 2016 #8
TomCADem Dec 2016 #11
Cracklin Charlie Dec 2016 #3
Garrett78 Dec 2016 #5
jack69 Dec 2016 #7
Hoyt Dec 2016 #9
pansypoo53219 Dec 2016 #10
hibbing Dec 2016 #12
coco22 Dec 2016 #14
montana_hazeleyes Dec 2016 #13

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:26 PM

1. it's not just poor ones.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:30 PM

4. Well, the Rich Ones Actually Might Benefit...

...from the income tax, capital gains, and inheritance tax cuts that Trump is proposing. In the Civil War you had poor, non-slave owning whites fighting to defend slavery as their way of life even though the presence of slavery had long served to undercut their earnings. It would be like a union worker fighting to reduce the minimum wage and outlaw the ability to organize.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:27 PM

2. Don't know. Don't care.

Against all obvious logic, a great number of lower-class hillbillies in middle America somehow got duped into believing a wealthy, born-with-a-silver-spoon-up-his-ass, aging yuppie con man from New York was one of them.

There's no excuse for that sort of stupidity. I'm done trying to figure these people out.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:37 PM

6. What's To Figure Out? The Key Is To Show Solidarity...

...with poor whites by pointing out how Trump's policies are harming them save for a few highly publicized photo-ops.

“We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.”
― Malcolm X

Racism is the biggest con and obstacle to understanding. Rather than condemn poor whites for their racism, and suggest that they should pay penances, the key is to show both minorities and poor whites that poor whites themselves are being exploited by the advocacy of racism.



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Response to TomCADem (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:11 PM

8. Question

Wouldn't they have to admit to a problem with how they view things, first? What if they don't believe that they are being exploited by the advocacy of racism?

As for Malcolm X, he came to that realization because he had a much more open mind, then you'll find in many poor whites, who were raised to accept racism as normal!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:45 PM

11. There Is No Need to Make Folks Admit They Are Racist

Instead, the goal is to focus on how Trump is using racism to oppress whites. As for individuals, most folks will think it is some other guy who being racist, but at least you call out the con.

It is like watching sleight of hand from street magician. There is no need to make everyone raise their hand and admit that they were tricked. Instead, you just point out that the magician is palming the pea and using misdirection to convince the audience that the pea is under one of the plastic cups. Everyone will convince themselves that they also saw the sleight of hand themselves.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:27 PM

3. Yes, Tom.

They have been carefully taught.

LBJ was a real it-getter.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:35 PM

5. Republicans have been fueling and relying upon racism for many decades.

Trump was just more overt about it. But everyone from Nixon to Reagan to Bush to Gingrich to Boehner to Ryan to McConnell to Romney have taken part in dog whistling. They all helped spawn the Tea Party and the Alt-Right and Trump.

Clinton won among those making $50,000 or less per year and among those most hurt by the recession. But millions of people absolutely voted against their own economic interests, though they'd never admit that. And that's because they've been conditioned to hate. For tens of millions of people, racism, sexism, xenophobia, heterosexism and Christian supremacy trumps everything else.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:39 PM

7. Blame God

Wonder why they didn't blame their God for this, as he gets their praise for all the good thing in their life.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:27 PM

9. Truthfully, it's much simplier than that. They are just ignorant racists who hate

so much that they'll vote for someone like Trump even it it hurts them. If Trump's support declines, he'll just deport some Mexicans, bash BLM, or bomb some Muslims.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:32 PM

10. donald P RUMP, showman/conman w/ a HUGE media assist. teabagged again.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 08:21 PM

12. Only a pawn in their game- Dylan

A South politician preaches to the poor white man
“You got more than the blacks, don’t complain.
You’re better than them, you been born with white skin,” they explain.
And the Negro’s name
Is used it is plain
For the politician’s gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game

Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 08:54 PM

14. They are equally frustrated because now

they have to compete with many other races while they kept their foot on the necks of blacks and use the excuse that blacks don't want to work they did everything to discriminate,they created the people they call monsters. I wonder how they feel watching Trump making business deals with his India business partners and inviting them to his new hotel in Washington.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 08:23 PM

13. Here I go again.

I will not support or excuse ANY trump voter. Period!

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