From commenter Patrick:
Basically the stupidity of whites all comes down to the way race has historically played out in America. Most nations have always been very class conscious where in America people have been so race conscious that even though they are victims of class warfare they don’t identify with their class.Working class whites identify with their white oppressors more than they do with non-white peoples in their own class.
And also the white working class never aligns itself with working class movements because they don’t want to be associated with being black… they want to retain their whiteness. And in America we have a biracial system where even if you have a drop of black blood you are black…and that principle applies to class.
A working class white can have whiteness as long as he or she never aligns him or herself with working class interests because the second he or she does that they will seem colored and hence black. IN fact the white working class actively sabotages their own class interests.
There is definitely a relation between the one drop rule and the self destructive class oriented behavior of the working class white. In Latin America there is no one drop rule and they accept that there is a racial spectrum.
This is sort of a Critical Race Theory type argument a la Noel Ignatiev and Tim Wise, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. In fact, I think he is onto something.
I am going to consider anyone who works for someone else to be a working person in this analysis. This lets us include all the idiot white collar types who insist that they are not workers or working class people because they wear a suit and a tie and sit at a desk in an office.
Since they are not workers or working class people, white collar workers, whatever their salaries, tend to vote rightwing. They also generally do not have a union in back of them. In fact, they hate unions and unionized workers because these bourgeois office collar types think they are superior to them. Workers are dirty, grubby, dumb, and drink beer and watch football. They wear overalls and work boots and carry lunch pails.
Another problem is that most Whites don’t identify as working class or working people. Instead, they say they are middle class. Middle class means you’re not a worker. It means you’re something better, a bourgeois person who does not have to grovel with his hands. In the parts of California that I have lived in, Whites who call themselves middle class vote overwhelmingly Republican. I would even say that White middle class = Republican. This doesn’t make much sense in a class sense, as in Europe, middle class Whites usually vote for socialist parties.
I think Patrick is onto something. In the towns I have lived in, if you’re White and you aren’t a conservative Republican, there is something terribly wrong with you. First of all, there is a lot of social pressure to be just that. If you’re White, you’re a conservative Republican. Especially if you’re a man.
Why would any White man vote Democrat? Maybe if he’s a fag, a pussy or a loser. Voting Republican is an expression of masculinity in these parts. The Democratic Party is the party of the fags and the women. It’s worse if you’re working class. In the places I lived, all young working class men were conservatives and almost all voted Republican.
If you voted Democrat, there was something wrong with you. If people found out about it, you were somewhat ostracized. Even if they did hang around with you, they would tear into you from time to time. Conservatives here really do think that liberals are evil, and we are the enemy.
They hate us way more than we hate them – we don’t really hate conservatives here – if we did, we wouldn’t be able to hang around with any White people or date any White women. The only way a liberal can survive in White California is by adopting a “so what” attitude towards everyone’s conservative politics.
A friend of mine worked construction. All of the young men working there were conservative Republicans. Upon finding out he was a Democrat, they were outraged. “But you’re White!” they said. He was told this on a number of other occasions by other White Republicans in the area.
If you’re a young White man in these places, you’re a Republican. If you’re not, you’re basically a nigger or a Mexican. If you’re White and you vote Democrat, you’re a white person who is acting like a nigger or a Mexican. You’re almost denied Whiteness, as Patrick suggests. So one way to affirm your Whiteness in these places is by voting Republican and adopting conservatism. Conservatism, in these parts of California, is frankly, up the Whites and fuck the niggers and Mexicans. No one ever says it that way, but a cursory look around makes it quite clear.