Actually, he seems to have just read about them. I happen to identify with the white working class because I am (a) white and (b) hail from the working class. Brooks's presumption that older working class whites are often bigots doesn't square with my experience. There ceratinly are bigots among the white working class. There are bigots in every class. As for the tolerance among the younger white working class, well that could turn out to be just fashionable indifference. Brooks's insightfulnessis is vastly overrated, especially by Brooks.