The Stir Journal by Jonna Ivin has her article I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump.
This is one of the most insightful articles I have read in a long time. Abiding by the Fair Use Doctrine, I will only quote a small part of the article, but let me assure you that there is so much more to it that is worth reading. You should read the article to see what motivates this excerpt.
Did slave owners care about white indentured servants when they pitted them against African slaves, or did they want to ensure a steady supply of cheap labor? Did Ronald Reagan care about poor white people when he trotted out the fictional welfare queen, or did he need a budget item to cut? Do wealthy elites and politicians care about poor and middle class people when they send them off to war, or are they anticipating massive profits?
Trump is railing against establishment politics not because he cares about the white underclass, but because he needs us — for now. He isn’t reaching out a hand to lift us up. He wants to stand on our shoulders so we can lift him up.
For more than four hundred years, wealthy elites have depended on the white underclass to “help keep America great.” But who are we keeping it great for? When will we realize we have more in common with all poor people than with rich capitalists and corrupt politicians who manipulate the system to increase their own wealth, power, and control? Instead of wondering which billionaire will finally reach out a hand to raise us up, we should stop waiting and start acting.
The article isn’t nearly as long as it might appear judging from the slider in its scroll bar. The comments on the article probably take up more column inches than the article itself.