Governor pat McCrory (R-NC) was addressing the media about the massive flooding when his words grabbed my attention.
The areas affected are in neighborhoods of mostly poor. Those people in the shelters are in greatest need.
This is paraphrased. I was on my weekly visit to the laundromat. The fact that I rode my bike to do my laundry not at the machines provided by landlord in the converted house 3rd floor walk up apartment defines my status right now. Cost/benefit analysis involving my time. If I lived in North Carolina I’d be One of Those People. The wealthy built on the higher ground to escape the lowland humidity. The workers built close to the water. They could walk to work. Cheap land. That pattern established in Colonial times, defines social standing in the South. Resources. Small houses in neighborhood ravaged by the Mortgage crisis. Years of struggle to survive, wiped out by nature’s fury. No flood insurance. They won’t bounce back in a few years. Daily reality just became disaster in the truest sense. socioeconomic status created a concentration of Those People. in the same way gated communities have.
Language matters. Word usage expresses deep subconsciously held basic beliefs or personality. Learned in a family setting. The dinner table. Little mice with big ears. Children soak in their surrounding without the critical thinking skills to fill in the gaps. Relay on magical thinking to make sense of it all. How can you ask a question without the basic mental framework to shape the concepts that they lack from experience? Then ask the God like presence dominating their young lives? Disapproval or the butt of casual conversations but adults.
The trades are dominated by families. Builders are grouped by family connections. The Mohawk Indians of up state New York once dominate the high steel Iron workers. Those men working thousands of feet up in the clouds. Hard dangerous work. Wall street old money kids become lawyers, bankers and other good paying white collar positions. what were the class of folks They listened to? It is a class thing. Add divisive politics and it all becomes a toxic mix even the most educated fall prey to. Separation is the name of the game. Never forget the modern Southern Republican are children and grandchildren of the Conservative Southern yellow dog Jim Crow Democrats that voted for Reagan. Nixon’s Southern Strategy writ large by the Moral Majority Evangelical Christians. Midwest transplants were and are cut from the same cloth.
Those people are Takers. The 48% who vote Democrat. Voter ID laws anyone? The poor working class in a Right to Work state. Federal block grant money for the poor is used for anything but in a no income tax state.
I’m not saying the Governor is a bad man in the vein of the Alt Right. He is a product of a culture where these basic beliefs are the bedrock of everything. Everything. Culture is a continuum that will evolve over generations. New technology insures an infusions of different people into closed groups. Urban centers have always been at odds with the Rural population. Freethinking children leave communities they no longer feel a part of. Pat McRory is a Republican governor in a Republican super majority state.
Those people deserve our pity. Our basic Christian charity. A very American trait in times of disaster. It become business has usual after. A study showed that mixed Class marriage the upper could easily go down. but the lower had trouble understanding the upper. Budgets? Long term plans? Uninterrupted college? Not paying this bill because of an emergency. Borrowing from family members? Not going happen.
Considering the people most affected by the floods lost everything, voting will be last thing on their mind. Those People. Class and Culture matter. Language is the expression of this. Ask Those People how they feel about being second class barely considered citizens of their state? Guarantee the answer won’t be in polite Southernese. We, I’m one of Those People, have had to make hard choices. We don’t have the luxury of choice in where we live. Or work. Too many obligations for small percentage options.
Final thought. Being born and raised in Texas, I have an understanding of my generation. The same one overwhelming voting for Trump. The South, Texas in particular, is a great place to be from and never return to. We all find our place. The balance of compromises that we can live with. Politics. Friends. Family. Language matters. Class matters. Money and resources matters. Politics matter.