Same topic, different example. White trash is kind of tricky to define. It’s not necessarily a poverty or education thing. Example?
Donald Trump. Epitome of white trash. He should be so far above and removed from almost all of the stuff he puts himself in the middle of. He’s the President of the US for cryin’ out loud. He’s drawn to gossipy slander like a welfare mother to Nat’l Enquirer.
Some examples work the best. The whole Nat’l Enquirer aura is what we’re talking about when we talk about Trump. His supporters, being eyeball deep in it, don’t understand or appreciate that it’s them we’re describing when we talk about the problem. They got what they voted for and I will accept zero excuses. It won’t be long now and people that you know damn well voted for Trump are going to start back-pedaling. I usually stop myself before going this far. I think it’s going to be painfully obvious before it’s through, and it’s heartbreaking.
I wrote all of the following very quickly and then had a good laugh at myself. I replied as if I were an expert and you had consulted me. LMAO. Suffice to say, my opinion is worth spit.
Yeah, it’s not necessary to say what color trash we’re talking about. It becomes complicated but only because we make it so. When we talk about “white trash” that’s completely cool because we’re white. We shouldn’t comment on other races until it’s necessary, and the necessity then transcends the rule and we can comment but we don’t have to say “black trash” because it’ll be inplicit (sp?) by context. Does that make sense?
White people can always say white trash.
White people rarely need to comment on black people’s shortcomings, but when we do we shouldn’t “colorize” it because then it can sound like we’re saying “only” black people. The context almost always makes it clear. If we purposefully don’t say what race we might be trying to make a (slightly) different point.
Black people can say the N word. (BTW, Gay people can say the Q word too, same difference.)
Just like white people shouldn’t use the N word, black people shouldn’t use “white” trash.
When white people talk about other white people and call ‘em white trash they risk offending them. Some exceptions apply.
When black people use the N word about other black people, they risk offending them. Some exceptions apply.
I think if it’s absolutely necessary to make a disparaging judgement call when we’re describing a group, “trash” is stand alone useful and prudent, making the color unnecessary.
I’d like to talk but it’s catch as catch can with the phone here at work. It’d have to be after 11. There’s a slim chance I’ll get called off and in that case it’d be great. Also, it amounts to this: I am still sober but I’d like to want to be. I don’t have that. I haven’t had that in forever. It comes from hitting a low bottom and needing it and wanting it because I need it kind of desperation, which I have but I’m not all that happy with. No one can zap it into me.
Yep, work can be a gamble… should I do the right thing and feel confident of the outcome -or- should I not wipe somebody’s ass for the fifth time and see how it plays out? I think that’s the gist of your first comment.
I had to say something with the same feeling if not exactly the same words last week. My trouble is I get wrapped up in it. I’m way past feeling sorry for anonymous idiots I don’t have to ever see or at least not see that much, but I’m not past feeling a sense of doom when I realize that when they are in their own backyard, not everyone knows they’re an idiot. It is a fairly recent phenom for me that I am very secure that I am right when I speak or write about my field, but my newfound security brings with it an inherent new insecurity of it’s own. I worry what’s going to happen if they do something wrong. I don’t usually have to fix it, but sometime I do. I’m worried that the fugg up might not be fixable with what we have on hand. I’m worried that the fallout will be worse than we expected.