Matt Wray, author of Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness, is quoted in an op-ed by Gregory Rodriquez in the Los Angeles Times. Rodriquez is writing about Dick Cheney's joking about inbreeding in West Virginia. He discusses the history of "talking trash about 'white trash'," detailing how middle class and elite whites needed to "de-racialize the poor" in order to maintain white supremacy. Wray says, "The term 'white trash' gave a name to people who were giving
'whiteness' a bad name. It meant that they were behaving in ways
that didn't suggest that they were the master race." Some West Virginia politicians, including Senator Robert Byrd, have asked Cheney to apologize for his remarks.