…ver my head like a carrot I have to jump for is okay. You believe I have to earn your allyship. But here’s the thing, Becky Jolene. You have to earn the title of ally. You don’t call yourself an ally. That’s a title people of color give you for doing the work. That work doesn’t include tone-policing and silencing us.
…se their entire motivation in voting for Trump is to alleviate the shame they are already carrying. If you add to their shame, th…se their entire motivation in voting for Trump is to alleviate the shame they are already carrying. If you add to their shame, they will dig in further.
…t unpacking of this I have read is Matt Bruenig’s piece Last Place Avoidance and Poor White Racism. To summarize, no one wants to occupy the “last” place in society. No one wants to be the most despised. As long as racism remains intact, poor white people are guaranteed not to be “the worst.” If racism is ever truly dismantled, then poor white people will occupy the lowest rung of society, and the shame of occupying this position is very painful. This shame is so painful, that the people at risk of feeling it will vote on it above all other issues.