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poor White

Often offensive
a. a poverty-stricken and underprivileged White person, esp in the southern US and South Africa
b. (as modifier): poor White trash
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A sharp contrast between the essays in I'll Take My Stand and Faulkner's 1930s poor white fiction emerges in their respective representations of labor.
How a poor white boy from Mississippi made black rhythm 'n' blues palatable for white teens - a fact that angers some people, especially in the African-American community?
A debate has developed as to whether the term cracker is a pejorative label and a synonym for redneck or poor white trash or a label of pride for some natives of the southeastern United States.
Sadiq Khan, an assistant whip, also believes Muslims should give some of the money raised through their religious charities to poor white Britons.
Interestingly, the novel suggests that black mobility is equally dangerous, for when Jim enters a poor white home, he sets off a chain of violence.
Which US author wrote Poor White and Winesburg Ohio?
The rather derogatory term 'white trash' usually refers to the poor white people, especially those living in the southern US but the author uses it in a larger context to write about the entrenched social hierarchy and class relations in the US.
Essentially, the academic literature suggests that poor white voters are not voting for Republicans to the extent that popular media figures suggest.
Cynical Confederate politicians used poor white irrational concerns to breed the Southern States White Supremacy Movement and the Klu Klux Klan during the American Civil War in the 19th century.
The famous trial only takes up a small part of the book, much of which is devoted to the position of poor white families, the supposed "white trash" and how the more respectable families tried to distance themselves from them.
But Lee's themes – racial prejudice, the terrible life led by many poor white women, the claustrophobic life of a small town – shine through.
They found that fewer than one in three (32%) poor white British children achieves five good GCSEs including English and mathematics, compared with 42% of black Caribbean children eligible for free school meals and 61% of disadvantaged Indian children.