White working-class kids are casualties of the culture war

White working-class kids are casualties of the culture war. By Brendan O’Neill.

Have you noticed that anyone who talks about the problems facing white working-class kids is instantly accused of starting a culture war? Talk about trans kids and the media will be knocking on your door to commission a documentary. Talk about the specific problems facing children of West Indian or Bangladeshi heritage and the chattering classes will be all ears. But so much as mutter the phrase ‘white working-class’ and you’ll be viewed as iffy. Here comes another culture warrior stirring up racial tensions, the right-on will cry. They might even call you racist. …

Nothing highlights the bourgeois smugness of intersectionality better than the fact that a paper like the Guardian will publish article after article about every identity group in the land and then clutch its ethically sourced pearls the minute anyone mentions the words ‘working class’. …

The woke set really cannot tolerate any discussion of the problems facing white working-class children. They will accuse you of racialising class. …

To demonise the white working class relentlessly and then brand as racist anyone who stands up for the white working class is one of the most disturbing and Kafkaesque achievements of the new tyranny of identity.

The culture war, with its self-conscious sniffiness about nationhood and its division of the populace into carefully monitored and policed identity groups, is essentially a war on the white working classes and on the politics of class more broadly.

The left have moved on from championing the white working class. Now white working class people are now despised, deplorable, and bad. This major change occurred in about 1990, at the start of the great realignment.