I share the same feelings that you do. When I read the book, White Trash, I felt I had a better handle on what was happening. Classism is still acceptable in academia. They used to have entire books called, “Race, Class, and Gender…” in which one paragraph was dedicated to class. I am only slightly exaggerating. I think they have gotten better over time, but it is still not a well-analyzed part of scholarship or awareness.
I get frustrated with poor white people. I feel like they let me down precisely by relying on religion when I want them to rely on their own sense. Now, I may be specifically talking about my own parents here or I may have taken that youthful frustration global. When I was a little girl, it was “prayer is the answer to everything” that made me crazy. Now, it is the evangelical woman on Twitter telling me that Trump was predicted by the Bible, therefore kids in cages is an acceptable value. Or my sister-in-law with her holier-than-thou attitudes.
Depends on my mood whether I feel very sympathetic to my background or very critical. I definitely appreciate so much of what you say. Internalized classism plays a role in my frustrations, and it helps to remember that.