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[–] Le_Squish 3 points 97 points (+100|-3) ago 

Basically a long time ago, someone figured out that if you convinced poor white people that they were less oppressed that poor black people you could prevent the formation of a powerful and vocal working class. My great grandmother always told me that the only people rich white folks hated more than colored folks were poor white folks. This coming from a black woman that lived though Jim Crows and Segregation.


[–] Calvin 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

This is the correct answer. As a labor force a poor white wage slave in the south was cheaper than a live in slave. With the added bonus of racism you essentially have free prison guards to keep your slaves in line.


[–] Le_Squish 6 points 25 points (+31|-6) ago 

Same thing still continues. Millions of white people being paid slave wages and kept content because they don't realize they are part of the underclass of this nation. Fighting against living wage, national healthcare and robust welfare because they don't understand they are part of the group that needs these things.


[–] pussywhippedcream 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

This is the correct answer. Go back to Reddit.


[–] revdrmlk 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Racial segregation as a way of life did not come about as a natural result of hatred between the races immediately after the Civil War. There were no laws segregating the races then. And as the noted historian, C. Vann Woodward, in his book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, clearly points out, the segregation of the races was really a political stratagem employed by the emerging Bourbon interests in the South to keep the southern masses divided and southern labor the cheapest in the land. You see, it was a simple thing to keep the poor white masses working for near-starvation wages in the years that followed the Civil War. Why, if the poor white plantation or mill worker became dissatisfied with his low wages, the plantation or mill owner would merely threaten to fire him and hire former Negro slaves and pay him even less. Thus, the southern wage level was kept almost unbearably low.

Toward the end of the Reconstruction era, something very significant happened. (Listen to him) That is what was known as the Populist Movement. (Speak, sir) The leaders of this movement began awakening the poor white masses (Yes, sir) and the former Negro slaves to the fact that they were being fleeced by the emerging Bourbon interests. Not only that, but they began uniting the Negro and white masses (Yeah) into a voting bloc that threatened to drive the Bourbon interests from the command posts of political power in the South.

To meet this threat, the southern aristocracy began immediately to engineer this development of a segregated society. (Right) I want you to follow me through here because this is very important to see the roots of racism and the denial of the right to vote. Through their control of mass media, they revised the doctrine of white supremacy. They saturated the thinking of the poor white masses with it, (Yes) thus clouding their minds to the real issue involved in the Populist Movement. They then directed the placement on the books of the South of laws that made it a crime for Negroes and whites to come together as equals at any level. (Yes, sir) And that did it. That crippled and eventually destroyed the Populist Movement of the nineteenth century.

If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. (Yes, sir) He gave him Jim Crow. (Uh huh) And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, (Yes, sir) he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. (Right sir) And he ate Jim Crow. (Uh huh) And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. (Yes, sir) And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, (Speak) their last outpost of psychological oblivion. (Yes, sir)

Thus, the threat of the free exercise of the ballot by the Negro and the white masses alike (Uh huh) resulted in the establishment of a segregated society. They segregated southern money from the poor whites; they segregated southern mores from the rich whites; (Yes, sir) they segregated southern churches from Christianity (Yes, sir); they segregated southern minds from honest thinking; (Yes, sir) and they segregated the Negro from everything. (Yes, sir) That’s what happened when the Negro and white masses of the South threatened to unite and build a great society: a society of justice where none would pray upon the weakness of others; a society of plenty where greed and poverty would be done away; a society of brotherhood where every man would respect the dignity and worth of human personality. (Yes, sir)

-Dr. MLK, Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March


[–] Bioreactor 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Damn, that's deep


[–] makaw 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They say a lot of people were less willing to fight for slaver than the idea that there was someone lower than you. No matter how poor, ugly, degenerate, and despised you were: at least you were NOT black.