Tim Wise says the “white” race was created by the wealthy elite to trick poor, landless Europeans into siding with them.
The corporatists, then as now, were selling the lies of racism, the American Dream, and of trickle-down economics. Then as now, they want poor whites to believe that they’re on the same side as the elites. The elites, then as now, want us to believe that “the other” is who is coming for our jobs. They want us to believe that if we just work hard, play by the rules, and persevere, we, too, can be just as rich as they are someday.
Bullshit. Unless you’re already among the richest 1%, you have basically zero chance of becoming one. You have nothing in common with them economically, and you never will.
We – you and I – are the modern-day chattel slave. We allow the wealthy elite to become more and more powerful because we – not all of us, but far too many of us – elect corporatists.
The wealthy and powerful have always gotten their privileged status because the masses allowed them to do so. That’s just as true now as it was in the Antebellum South when the “corporatists” were rich plantation owners who duped poor whites into fighting a war to protect slavery and the wealth of those rich elites.
It’s time we ended the modern-day version of this and the corrupting influence the wealthy elites have over our democracy.
It’s time to Be The Wave.