It's worth noting that although I focus on the group of people I know - working class whites with ties to Appalachia - I'm not arguing that we deserve more sympathy than other folks. This is not a story about why white people have more to complain about than black people or any other group. That said, I do hope that readers of this books will be able to take from it an appreciation of how class and family affect the poor without filtering their views through a racial prism. To many analysts, term like "welfare queen" conjure unfair images of the lazy black mom living on the dole. Readers of this book will realize quickly that there is little relationship between that specter and my argument: I have known many welfare queens; some were my neighbors, and all were white.