- Tanzina Vega writes that politicians and the media show support for the white working class as it confronts economic and health challenges
- She says they often continue to demonize black and Hispanic people who suffer from the same or even greater woes
Tanzina Vega covers race and inequality for CNN Money. Follow her on Twitter @tanzinavega. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)In the 1890s, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois noticed something disturbing about how Americans viewed the plight of blacks in Philadelphia who had suffered through unsanitary living conditions, high rates of consumption and back-breaking labor.