Earlier, I had linked to King Baeksu's essay on the Democratic party. Some of KB's analysis was about how elites use a "divide and conquer" strategy, manufacturing racial conflict to keep people from seeing the real problem, which is elite control of the hoi polloi. A person I follow on Twitter recently linked to this article, which overlaps in certain ways with KB's own cultural analysis. A quote:
With whites and Blacks divided, the wealthy elite prospered enormously for the next two hundred years while poor whites remained locked in poverty.
I'm not saying that KB's analysis and this analysis are in complete agreement—in fact, they fundamentally differ and come to radically different conclusions—but the ways in which the two pieces overlap do provide some food for thought.