It’s the 21st century and for some the Civil War never ended.
The “racist South” is no longer a geographical term, it’s a state of mind. It explains pseudo-patriots waving Confederate flags in the states that actually fought the treasonous secessionists — and the same pseudo-patriot wearing MAGA hats and waving Trump 2020 banners.
America is still fighting battles from the past, arising from the original sins: slavery and the extermination of Native Americans. The root cause of this long-lasting problem is the belief among some white people have that just being white makes them exceptional.
President Lyndon Johnson said in the 1960s to a young Bill Moyers: “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.”
This appears to be Trump’s strategy — which is why he regularly smears everyone but white men.
When this white American belief is put to the test in a globally competitive world, it is exposed as nothing more than fanciful delusions. It is hard to face the truth and so they choose denial, “build the wall” isolationism, and escape into Trumpism — a comforting religious cult, reinforcing the white supremacy delusion.
Proud Republican: “We are in the state of Mississippi. I don’t care for government, they don’t show me ANYTHING!”
Reporter: “You get food stamps!”
Proud Republican: “Yeah, eeeeh, but, eeeeh I think I deserve food stamps”
I would love to say these yokles are “cherry picked” for the sake of the news piece … but as one of the lucky few who GTFO of an area almost identical to this let me assure you … this is absolutely how these people think. It’s insanity personified. Hence, the “Bible belt” BS they spew that STILL gets carte blanche to keep the masses … pliable to control. It’s broad strokes I know…. BTW … I was trailer born/raised in the hollows of Appalachia…. – Jordan Blair
This video was aired on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, March 10, 2012. Bill Maher noted on the show: This was filmed in Mississippi. They did not cherry-pick these people. This is not meant to make fun of anybody. They did not seek out people who look like rednecks. They showed one guy who didn’t have teeth. They had to cut out a lot of people who didn’t have any teeth.
The video is also the best illustration to a classic argument put forth by Thomas Frank in his 2004 book, What’s the Matter with Kansas. How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Frank argues that Republicans have been using conservative positions on social issues to encourage poor white voters to betray their economic interests that are better represented by the Democratic Party.
Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship – New York Times
In his essay “Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880,” W.E.B. Du Bois discussed why poor whites didn’t make common cause with poor blacks and slaves but instead prized their roles as overseers and slave catchers, eagerly joining the Klan. This fed the white man’s “vanity because it associated him with the masters,” Du Bois wrote. He continued:
“Slavery bred in the poor white a dislike of Negro toil of all sorts. He never regarded himself as a laborer, or as part of any labor movement. If he had any ambition at all it was to become a planter and to own [N-word]. To these Negroes he transferred all the dislike and hatred which he had for the whole slave system. The result was that the system was held stable and intact by the poor white.”
Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests? – POLITICO
An age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system.
“Are working-class white voters shooting themselves in the foot by making common cause with a political movement that is fundamentally inimical to their economic self-interest? In exchange for policies like the new tax bill, which several nonpartisan analyses conclude will lower taxes on the wealthy and raise them for the working class, did they really just settle for a wall that will likely never be built, a rebel yell for Confederate monuments most of them will never visit, and the hollow validation of a disappearing world in which white was up and brown and black were down?
“If they did accept that bargain, why? Or are we missing something?”
Why people vote against their economic interests – The Economist