I think with Covid we’ve got another variant on the LBJ quote about making the lowest white man feel superior to the best black man.
Per Bill Moyers:
We were in Tennessee. During the motorcade, he spotted some ugly racial epithets scrawled on signs. Late that night in the hotel, when the local dignitaries had finished the last bottles of bourbon and branch water and departed, he started talking about those signs. “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
And now with Covid we have the least educated man feeling superior to the most educated doctors and scientists. I wonder if they’re emptying their pockets too.