Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 20:51:09 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: What is a Racist Term?
I didn't respond
according to script, because my immediate reaction was that "poor white
trash" is as much a social putdown, applied by whites above the line to
those perceived to be below it, as a racial one used by blacks for whites.
I've always thought of it as a term used by whites, not by blacks. I can
see how it might be construed as racist, however -- suggesting that "white
trash" is a special kind of trash -- that regular trash is not white?
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)