- Neil Greco
- Minneapolis, MN
- United States
Being Poor and White ("White Trash") is like being at the bottom of the Caste System in India.
In my experience growing up impoverished in the US and working with many disenfranchised populations as an adult/professional... Impoverished Whites... Commonly referred to as "White Trash, or Trailer Trash.." are not seen as better than their circumstances. Rather they are despised and rejected by society in general. Evidences of this for me are:
1) Most forms use White or Caucasian to rule out the applicant as being a minority vs. every other choice on forms, which are identified minorities. A list of which has grown over the last few decades to make sure social imbalances are being corrected, etc. (I do agree with targeted services and thank the maker that any minority or class that needs attention is getting it.)
2) There are no special scholarships, grants, services that are offered to them as part and parcel of social services vs. every social service provider, educator, medical systems etc. that at the ready to give many choices to anyone identified as a minority.
3) I rarely have seen impoverished whites question this reality? (However, I have had many discussions with persons who are not to happy as being targeted for services all the time. It can come accross as quite demeaning for some).