I fail to understand why some people consider the term to be good when they think the N word is not. It is the same sort of idea. If this is not bad, the N word is the same. If this is bad, the N word is the same. If you say 'No' then you are just being one sided.
I dislike the use of this term; it is just another derogatory term that is used to categorize and insult others. The use of this term and similar terms are rooted in either hate or feelings of superiority, both of which are baseless. These types of tags serve no useful purpose and have no place in intelligent conversation. That's a personal opinion, but I've yet to hear of a situation where these use of terms like this have had a positive influence or effect. If someone feels the need to single out a group for criticism they should at least find a way to express their opinions in an appropriate and intelligent manner.
The use of the word 'white' is a deliberate means of bring a racial element into the term. This is not a means of derogating white people. This is a means of derogating black people. It derogates black people by implying that a white person is trash for being at a level socially associated with black people and for a white person to be at that level is to be white trash. It implies that the station in society that this white person holds and the manor in which they conduct themselves is unbecoming of a white person. The implication of the words 'white trash' is that black people are expected to be low but for a white person to be so low is shameful. That is why it is racist. People may not use it with that intention but that is its origin and that is its implication. It is racist.
It is used by a superior group of white city slicker type intellectuals to put down rural america and people who work in factory jobs. It can also be used by old south to put down yankees coming there and they don't like them being there. I think it is also being used by other more sophisticated racial groups who are not white to put down poor white people and therefore again a power word making these "white trash" inferior to the ones using the term…it is a word to deliberately make another group of people inferior to another group of people and therefore since the group is white people who are not rich white people they are being insulted and it is a racial slur. It should not be used by any civil responsible individuals or any person who is respectable. Only an ignorant person would use that term. It is very much racial but it can also be related to using the word "retard" or picking on disabled people as well… I don't like how rude it is to take advantage of less advantaged people this way… just because you can.
As an immigrant I see race in this country for what it is today. I'm an American with Hispanic background, all I got to do is scream racist and I will have an advantage from the get go. Do I hate it yes but is part of our life unfortunately.
I have no idea why America glamorizes white trash in this era. We shouldn't be celebrating them; we should be ridiculing them for their disdain of education and civility. They continuously give white Americans a bad reputation through their obnoxious, bigoted, flat-out rude behaviors. They frequently start pissing contests over who can do the most disgusting, dangerous, ridiculous things better than everyone else. They refuse to take responsibility for their bad behaviors. They choose to blame individuals of other ethnic backgrounds for their economic woes instead of addressing their slovenliness, laziness, and workforce ineptness. They are just plain immature. These individuals have no understanding of social etiquette. THEY are to blame for the downfall of American society because of their blatant stupidity and hatred for anyone better than them.
Being called 'white trash' simply based on the colour of one's skin and image is degrading as a human being and it does not give the respect to the person. It is just another racist term that only looks at the colour of one's physical appearance; which is exactly like using the n word, 'chinky', etc. It is purely a waste of breathe to spend on, avoid using it.
The term "white trash" is a feeble attempt by the African-American community to come up with a counter-insult when white people use the N-word. The N-word should never be used because it is obviously racist, but "white trash" or "white bread" are just plain pathetic. I don't see how they'd even be offensive.