In our earlier conversation regarding The National Review's story about poor whites in Appalachia, there were some very useful and insightful references to Apartheid era South Africa. Americans are obsessed with race; Americans often forget to locate the dynamics of white supremacy in their own country within a broader global context. The color line was not national. It was global.
The "white ghetto" in America is both sad and pathetic. South Africa also has a "white ghetto". Perhaps it is nationalism and a belief in American exceptionalism applied in a counter-intuitive manner, but I have some sympathy for the poor white rural folk in this country--even while I condemn their (assumed) bigotry towards people of color.
The poor whites of South Africa? A group who until several years ago benefited directly from, and were directly subsidized by the racial terrorism of a white minority against a black majority, and now complain about racial democracy? I do believe that they are getting their comeuppance.
The wages of sin are death. Moreover, the white poor in South Africa are now having their balance sheet called in and the butcher's bill paid. The white poor in South Africa have reaped what they have sowed. Is that not justice?
Alternatively, am I letting the white poor in America off too easy for their being complicit as a group with American Apartheid?