In other words, yes. It's 100% about stereotypes.
Honestly. You're using an example of *management* promoting a union. What kind of idiot would want to be rep'd by a mgmt-controlled union? Might be why they voted no?
Y'all are rowing across a nice quiet lake, meanwhile we're fighting uphill on class VI rapids & y'all just yell about how we're slow.
The northern management class decided to fund public education bc it fit their economic interests. They wanted factory workers & clerks who were at least literate & numerate enough to make out receipts & production reports.
the Southern capitalist class consciously used illiteracy for enslaved people, free Blacks, AND poor whites as a tool to keep the region under their control.
It's a deliberate power strategy for capital, by capital.
Folks who call themselves labor activists & make fun of the South for having shitty education are trash.
Folks who don't understand that, can't understand capital's power. And they're useless when it comes to fighting it.
But bc their capital class works different, northern labor now takes these issues for granted. They don't have to FIGHT for them, century on goddamn century, like we do.
Northern labor bros only recognize workplace union activism, bc that's they only kind they've really had to do.
Meanwhile we're in a fight for basic survival. Yes, it's going to look different.
Google it first. It's free. You're welcome.