In 1860, Daniel Hundly wrote in Social Relations in Our Southern States that poor whites
are "about the laziest two-legged animals that walk erect on the face of the Earth.
did aggravate the predicament of many large and middling Boer farmers who survived the war and who attempted to weigh in forcefully against the Milner administration's policies.
Besides which, Jones's scholarship seems to be at odds with her argument: Considering their history of ill-will and enforced competition, how easy will it be for poor blacks and poor whites
Not to condone that racism in any way, but one of the things I understand now that I didn't then was that the poor whites
were lashing out at least in part out of a sense of their own impotence.
As historian Pete Daniel describes it, "Peonage infected the South like a cancer, eating away at the economic freedom of blacks, driving poor whites
to work harder in order to compete with virtual slave labor, and preserving the class structure inherited from slavery days.
Nigger was a word poor whites
used, a term they hurled at blacks (whom the adults in my family always referred to as "colored people') the way my childhood friends from less affluent families hurled pieces of granite from the railway track beds at hapless black children their age or younger.
This was an especially effective tactic in the Wilson graded schools district because, of course, the district's boundaries had been drawn specifically to exclude poor whites
and to include blacks.
Murray: If you have any data on illegitimacy among poor whites
, I'd love to see it because I've been looking for it.
This rich book illuminates many other subjects of capital importance: for example, relations between blacks and poor whites
and the conflicts between old planters and Yankee settlers.
Increasingly in the late 1960s and 1970s middle- and upper-middle-class whites fled the most polluted areas of the city, leaving behind blacks and poor whites
who stayed in their already polluted neighborhoods or moved into the polluted neighborhoods being abandoned by better-off whites.
And Louisiana's continuing alliance between Africans, Afro-Creoles, and poor whites
was unique in continental North America.
How poor whites
think electing a nauseating self-important billionaire TV reality star who scapegoats fellow citizens in a similar position will solve inequality and bring back their jobs beats me