I have been considering this subject for some time and I was finally inspired by the recent debates that have aired this week. I did not watch them of course since I find watching paint dry more exciting. And besides everyone already knows what is going to be said by the buffoons in the GOP: lies, fear mongering, racism, and plan old stupidity. While on the Demo side the only one worth listening to is Bernie versus two Republican-Democrats otherwise known as New Democrats.
But back to the 'ignorable' which as Websters defines as something to disregard or not pay attention to. That is the fate of today's American working class whites, a fate which has been explained by a recent Pew Research poll showing that the number of middle class Americans has fallen below fifty percent while poverty is on the rise. Pew goes further to explain that the uneducated those with a high school diploma or less are faring worst financially and socially as demonstrated by an increase heroin usage and heroin related deaths, low paying service jobs, living in Red states which have denied them healthcare, etc.These are the people who either don't bother to vote or vote for the Republican Party (primaries and general election) in the hope that they will deny minorities the benefits which they need themselves. Not to bright, I would say.
What most people never consider is that in the last four hundred years this country's leaders have never considered whites as important, at least not the working class. Or specifically, the newly arrived evangelical Puritans who could not even feed themselves without the benevolence of the people who owned the country in the first place were considered by the wealthy Brits as nothing more than place holders. After the wealthy British began arriving with their indentured white slaves and military support to begin the thief of America and the genocide, the process of ignoring began in earnest. Plus with military support from the King, the new wealthy arrivals did not have to rely upon the Puritans to support the genocide, just get out of the way.
With the initiation of the slave trade and its growth over the years, the freed indenture white slave had no jobs. The slaves were trained to do all manner of skilled labor, building and construction. The Chinese were brought in to build the railroads and perform mining, etc. The only people who could vote were landowners or the wealthy not the lower class whites and certainly not women or slaves.
People could say I am being racist by singling out whites but that is not the case at all because everyone else, that is, non-whites have always been ignored and deprived of equality, justice, and opportunity. The problem is that today's working class white has learned nothing in four hundred years. He/she is still a slave in a minimum wage job to wealthy elite and votes republican to promote policies which keep them as modern slaves. I wonder if they will ever figure it out?
Comments to think about.