- Lyndon B. Johnson
Racism gives a poor white person a sense of pride and worth, something a deprived person desperately craves. But also frustration and anger when everything tells you that you are still trash, even compared to a lot of the people who are supposed to be “lower” than you. Instead of directing that anger at the actual source for your deprivation (capitalism), you direct it at groups of people who are in fact largely in the same position as you. You’ve been divided and conquered.