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Racism or Classism

post #1 of 30
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Which would the term "white trash" fall under? My inlaws and I are having a debate.
post #2 of 30
Both.
post #3 of 30
Classism.
post #4 of 30
My first thought is classism.
post #5 of 30
My first thought is classism too, because the insultive part is their economic status, but I realized that its racist too because the term itself implies that being white in that economic class is really lowering yourself, whereas it is not unexpected for a non-white person. Otherwise, wouldn't the term just be 'trash?' So both.
post #6 of 30
until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation, everywhere is war.

oh and to answer the question. both.
post #7 of 30
Classism.
post #8 of 30
My first thought about how I was going to respond when I first read this post was going to be Classism. But then I got to thinking about it and noticed the "WHITE" part of the "white trash".

I would definetly have to go with them both. You are labeling one by color and you are also labeling one by class. Does this make any sense?

Therefore, you both are right either way you look at it!
post #9 of 30
I've hear the term used to describe vulgar, tacky and/or immoral white people of all socio-economic groups. You can be rich, live in a McMansion, drive a Hummer, wear tacky bedazzled faux fingernails, stand out in the yard in a toob top cussing the kids with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, and be considered white trash.

I think it's racist.
post #10 of 30
It's classism, and slightly racist as well. Not so much towards whites, though, as indirectly towards other races.
post #11 of 30
Both.
post #12 of 30
I think it's both, but usually heavier on the classism, lighter on the racism when I've heard it used IRL.
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by RBinTEX View Post
I've hear the term used to describe vulgar, tacky and/or immoral white people of all socio-economic groups. You can be rich, live in a McMansion, drive a Hummer, wear tacky bedazzled faux fingernails, stand out in the yard in a toob top cussing the kids with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, and be considered white trash.

I think it's racist.
I agree that I hear it for all socio-economic groups but the context is usually along the lines of "they may have money but deep down they're still nothing but white trash" so I'd have to say more classist.
post #14 of 30
It's classist as well as racist toward people who aren't white. The implication being that one has to qualify trash with "white" to distinguish it from trash in general.
post #15 of 30
I interpret it as a classist term, but can see it as racist as well.
post #16 of 30
Both. The implication is that the person is "trash" for being poor and that it's either somehow unexpected for that race (as if a non-white person would be "trash" regardless of socioeconomic status) or that it IS expected for that race (well of course she's trash, she's white!)
post #17 of 30
both, leaning to one or the other depending on how it's used.
post #18 of 30
both.
post #19 of 30
My mind goes to Racist first. But it is also classist.
post #20 of 30
both. trash would be the classist part. the racial modifier does sort of imply a subtle racism though.
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