A full year before President Obama’s inauguration, an Ohio woman told why she was opposed to his election, “I’m afraid if he wins, the Blacks will take over”.
Since Nixon introduced the southern strategy, it has been used to divide poor and working-class whites from those who should be their natural allies... poor and working-class people of color. As Corporations enjoy higher profits than in decades and lower taxes than in forty years, attacks on wages and living standards have fallen on “all” workers.
Yet Republicans have been able to weave a tale of dependency about food stamps, reparations, medicaid and any government handout being foundations of the African American community. Aided by the media and their corporate and political masters, they’ve turned scapegoating into an art form.
I’ve written this before, but I will repeat it as long as the Republicans continue to exploit the lowest instincts of people – anger, fear, racism, xenophobia, and class envy. It is what the French-speaking, private-school educated, Cayman, Bermuda, Ireland, Swiss banking, Chinese, South Korean, Indonesian outsourcing presidential candidate, of dressage is doing when he says President Obama “has European ideas” or “doesn’t understand America”.
It isn't the racial aspect that interests me as much as common sense conclusions and historical facts. And the truth is, African Americans are a minority in the United States, consequently, the vast majority of people affected by anti-poor policy changes and redistribution of federal spending are primarily white workers. Contrary to the racist myths, most people on welfare, who receive food stamps and collect medicaid are white because most poor people in this country are white (see charts at the end of the article).