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Blue collar, White death: Trending downward with working class Whites.

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When there are hard times, people don't automatically become progressives or change agents or something. The other historical option is to scapegoat. To find some group or groups to blame, and focus your rage on them - which White people tend to do with people of color.

Writer Barbara Ehrenreich connects downward trends in working class White income and life expectancy to the resentment politics and personal violence we see everyday in mass media, and explains how anger is being turned towards minorities instead of the architects of inequality, and why the answer is solidarity, not scorn, from the left.

Barbara wrote the article Dead, White, and Blue The Great Die-Off of America's Blue Collar Whites for TomDispatch.

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Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is an author and founding editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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