Thank you. I need to finish the classism article. The systematic injustice white people have created for people of color is a paramount issue. The fact that huge numbers of white people are blind to this structure is one of the biggest problems of our generation. Just the fact that a white felon is more likely to be hired than a black person who isn’t a felon should stop white people in their tracks to just think. Sit with it. Think.
What bothers me in this spotlight on white privilege as it has unfolded is that things that are awful like drug addiction and poverty, especially poverty, are foils so often instead of things like education or career markers. So the message becomes a drumbeat of black poverty and black drug addiction is worse than white poverty and white drug addiction over and over until white poverty disappears. This is a dangerous for resolving poverty or drug addiction as problems in and of themselves. Why?
You start to have a belief in Race = Poverty. Look at academic publications. The vast majority are done on “urban” poverty which is their euphemism for poverty among black people. For years and years this has gone on. It led to a general ignoring of mental health as a factor in poverty research for decades.
Look at social policy. Everyone thinks poor people are black, so the legislators — themselves racist or influenced by racists — cut government aid to the bone, thereby harming poor white people, too. The white working class is manipulated into hurting poor white and poor black people through stoking of resentment of their jobs — jobs being the thing everyone wishes they could have. The twisted ironies are unbelievable.