Downtown Jackson, Mississippi, May 31, 2012.   When the state of MIssissippi integrated its schools, many white families fled, shuttering the businesses and industry in downtown Jackson, and across the state.  Often linked to poverty and unemployment, Mississippi has some of the highest rates of diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, AIDs, among other ailments, in the country, and though millions of federal funds have been thrown at the problems for years, conditions have only gotten worse. (Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times Magazine)

The Original Underclass

Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of modest means. Early in the Obama era, the ennobling language of campaign pundits prevailed. There was much discussion of “white working-class voters,” with whom the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama, were having such trouble connecting. Never mind that this overbroad category of Americans—the exit pollsters’ definition was anyone without a four-year college degree, or more than a third of the electorate—obliterated major differences in geography, ethnicity, and culture. The label served to conjure a vast swath of salt-of-the-earth citizens living and working in the wide-open spaces between the coasts—Sarah Palin’s “real America”—who were dubious of the effete, hifalutin types increasingly dominating the party that had once purported to represent the common man. The “white working class” connoted virtue and integrity. A party losing touch with it was a party unmoored.

That flattering glow has faded away.

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    • El Martyachi

      Pretty much every first world gov has or wants and-is-working-on this sorta thing. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Shebel

    It looks like they are right . Being White skinned means you must get a job and work for a living to support the wife and kids and pay taxes to support ALL the victims of Society.
    Maybe , someday , as welfare pays more money — White people will stop working and just raise kids.
    We can all be Bums

    • Doreencary4

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  • Waffle

    Musical interlude: Peon to the white working man:

  • Waffle

    Wow!! I just added another word to my vocabulary — confabulate. The other was kakistocracy. That’s two this week.

  • simus1

    The US (and Canada to a lesser extent) after WW2, was running flat out to rebuild the non communist world as a bulwark against the USSR and later against its evil twin, the PRC. The sons of subsistence farmers who had served in the war and their now grown younger brothers used to hard lives could leave for greener pastures where hard work and good pay was the norm. This was layered on top of war delayed domestic demand.

    Over the decades the marxists eventually concluded their blueprint for seizing power via hoodwinking the white working class in the US was a mirage.

    The first massive job losses did not occur from foreign imports but from raising the productivity of industry via higher capital investment to produce higher quality products that could be profitably sold at lower mass production prices. Radial tires were a good example.with better gas mileage as a bonus. Then the Japanese came along later and built better entire small cars thanks to new tech, skillful workers, exchange rates, etc. Or as Lee Iaocca once grumped “Building a $20k car and selling it for $13k isn’t really a big challenge”.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama/Hillary are fervent, they say they are, to the absolute destruction of the middle class first and foremost. And if that requires the industrialized destruction of poor whites too, then that’s what will happen. Hillary will literally erect American Gulags so I hope all the Never Trumps in the GOP as well as all the so called Democrats who admit the Hillary is for the most part Mussolini but they’re supporting her anyway are thoroughly happy with their choices down the road. Because the first one of them who groans when she makes herself Supreme Dictator, I may actually kill.