Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 23:40:38 -0400
From: "Becky Howard, Department of Interdisciplinary Writing,
Colgate University" BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU
Subject: Re: What is a Racist Term?
The particular term under discussion, "poor white trash," seems to me to
function both as a racist and classist epithet. Certainly it refers to
class--to those above & below the line, as Michael put it. But it also refers
to race, and not whites--it's an oblique reference to the Other (presumably
African American). The social context of "poor white trash" seems to me to
be specifying "trashy, even though white."
Department of Interdisciplinary Writing
BHOWARD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CENTER.COLGATE.EDU