I'm listening to Hillbilly Elegy right now. It's a fascinating book describing the white poor of Appalachia. Coincidentally, I ran across this essay on the travails of the white underclass which was excellent. Here's a tidbit.
In McCreary County, Kentucky, the last fifteen years have brought a “75 percent increase in the mortality rate for white women between the ages of 35 and 59, one of the highest in the nation,” according to the paper. The story of death in this rural county, which is 91 percent white, is fraught with drugs, suicide, violence, and broken families.It is the long-held position of The Scratching Post crack editorial staff that the rejection of objective morality, particularly the rejection of traditional marriage as a foundational institution, is the primary root cause of our social pathologies. While the pathologies seemed localized in the black community, where illegitimacy is about 75%, the conversation was easily derailed by shouts of "Racism!" Now that the same scourges are coming to white communities in quantities sufficient to warrant mainstream media attention, maybe we'll be able to discuss it.