Is being Poor and White ("White Trash") much different than being poor and black?
The poor white, are not seen as better than their circumstances. Rather they are despised and rejected by society in general. Most government forms use White or Caucasian to rule out the applicant as being a minority vs. every other choice on forms, which are identified minorities. A list of which has grown over the last few decades to make sure social imbalances are being corrected.
There are no special scholarships, grants, services that are offered to them as part and parcel of social services vs. every social service provider, educator, medical systems etc. that are at the ready to give many choices to anyone identified as a minority.
We rarely see impoverished whites even question this reality.