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Sure, we've done some bad things. Some good things, too.
Great column = some hearty laughs. It is a fact that I have never actually met a white male (hold a piece of typing paper by your face to see if you are "white"). It is also a fact that to lump the diverse collection of caucasian males into one conglomerate is truly bizarre-->like Fins and Slavs used to like each other on the Range, or Italians,Irish, or Germans in other states, etc. Males have become a minority class in this country, and by quite a bit now, too, so it is good that some groups of males can bond in ways to impact elections. I dream of a day when men and women have the same life expectancy in America but that for some odd reason that isnt a concern for our modern politicos or their "Ministry of Truth" journalist friends.
Exactly what was the point of this rambling?
Race and gender without context are no purpose for an article.
White males. the only group it is leagally ok to discriminate against. If not for white males, who would minorities then claim "are holding them down"
It was just a ramble. I am a white male. I do not belong to any group except myself. but since it is hard for people to understand that, I will say I am very proud of white "white males" have done. Good with the bad. All civilizations have done the same to each other. We were just better at it. And, no..I don't think all of "our" discoveries would have been done by other races if just we hadn't held them down. That is a fantasy. You may not have wanted industrialization or entrepreneurship, but white people DID bring that to the world.
the point of the article was spot on. Its sarcasm was intended to mock the socialists and racists who think that the "angry white males" are a waning component of society's make up.
Whoever has the power will always be a target. The positions of power in this country, from CEO's to politicians, have been in the hands of white males. Please don't take it personally if you are a white male. . . . it's just that sometimes I wish for a world, for example, where women's sports were glorified, and men were relegated to cheerleaders on the sidelines--just so you would know what it's like.
A few erratic thoughts:
This is article is silly and only seeks to lump race and gender together as correlates when really there is no cause to. It also seems to withdraw probability, luck, privilege, and free will out of the equations of history.
Any Psych 101 professor will drive home the point that correlation is not causation. Yes, more Americans who happened to be white and male voted for Mr. Romney but did they do it because they were white and male and therefore had to? If they're racist, then yes but I'm willing to bet the majority did it because Mr. Romney aligned more closely with their values and political ideals than the President did. Full disclosure, I'm a white male who voted for the President; am I any less white or male? No.
Those white males who fought against each other in the Civil War did so because they were in the place and time to do so, not because they were destined to do so because of they were white and male. Please, give them some credit.
As I understand it, the nature of privilege is that when you are, you don't see it. I know it's not always easy to take a step back and realize how lucky you are to have and be able to use a toilet every day but you have one and you should thank your lucky stars that somehow you were born into a land where they're the norm. That young kid who was sick with Cholera wasn't so privileged was she but I doubt you were thinking about her while you were washing your hands. I know I, sadly, rarely do. The point is, we're all human, lump your individual self in with that and call it day. Please don't forget the empathy.
@harrissteven - Really? No other person throughout history has ever sold or bartered for products to earn a wage, gain wealth, or feed their families? They've never mass produced weaponry, clothing, or pottery? A white male may have coined the terms industrialization and entrepreneurship but they did Not invent them. Check your ego. These practices go Way back. Also, those white males did great things not because they were white and male; they probably didn't do it to further some "white-male agenda" either. Don't hijack their brilliance to fulfill your white-male mindset because you feel it builds you up by association.
P.S. Jesus was not Caucasian.
Being proud or ashamed of what someone of your race or gender has done makes about as much sense as being proud or ashamed of being right handed or having an even-numbered address. People are individuals, not just members of demographic groups. I did get a chuckle out of the quote from the guy that thought liberals hate white males. They seemed to really like Bill Clinton at the Democratic Convention, didn't they?
I get it. But that goes without saying as I am a white male.
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