When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I used to have a bag covered in pins. My pins were mostly slogans declaring my political positions: anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-censorship, feminism, etc. But one of my pins read: Poor White Trash.
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White trash. For many, the name evokes images of trailer parks, meth labs, beat-up Camaros on cinder blocks, and poor rural folks with too many kids and not enough government cheese. And there is a third popular use of the term: to denigrate and punish the rich and famous when they act badly.
Ummkay, I have some questions. What does this term mean today versus what it used to mean? What's the difference between being white trash and redneck, hillbilly or say, low class?
Of course, the irony of classism disguised as anti-racism is largely lost on the chosen sons and daughters of the bourgeoisie, who are in my wildly speculative imaginings much too busy feverishly gibbering about what Marx would think about the phenomenon of digital dualism. A frequency map of the poverty rate by county taken from the census. White supremacy has been in the ascendency for hundreds of years, but monolithic white privilege has been a more elusive phenomenon.
Top definition. A term used broadly and often inaccurately to define a person or group of persons whom embody the concepts of ignorance, racism, violence, alcoholism, and anglo-saxon ancestry. It is often used as a label on the poor caucasian working class.
In fact, if you look at voting behavior, low-income whites in the South are not very different from low-income whites in the rest of the country. Can I get away with saying that rich white trash are the problem? Probably not.