As I read Ron’s article, Southern [White] Male Perspective, I paused to peruse the photograph of the columnist and I made a mental notation. In making this notation, my thoughts were that this person seems to be one of the younger white baby boomers, the generation that seems to be least racist. Yet, he still has those old ideals, notions and feelings toward blacks.
While looking for articles to help me understand I found an article by Touré, “White People Explain Why They Feel Oppressed,” and I paraphrase, “Modern white Americans of his age group are one of the most powerful groups of people to ever exist on this earth, and yet those very people, the very same as Mr. White, wholeheartedly believe that they are now, or have been the primary victims of modern racism”.
An author by the name of Coates, in his book, refers to White people as “dreamers” to evoke the sense of them being “not fully awake, like sleepwalkers”. They are still relying on the belief in “white privilege”, therefore they are increasingly certain that they’re being persecuted.
There’s another study that notes that—employment, police treatment, loan rates, and education—imply drastically poorer outcomes for Black than White Americans. “White perception” and reality are completely at odds. So, why does this columnist and so many White folks feel like they are the true victims in America today?
For some White people, “White Power” has not retained its value from decades ago. It’s as if “White privilege” doesn’t take you as far in these days and times; much the same way that a dollar doesn’t go as far as it did in your grandpa’s time.
In those times, if a White man showed up, he got the good job; a job which let him take care of his family. No more, they say. It is hard for them to understand the reasons why this is not the case; why just being a white male, no longer entitles them to respect or a middle-class lifestyle. It’s so much simpler to blame it on the Black or Hispanic person, who got the job, or may be faring a little bit better.
So, Mister Columnist, it was so much easier for you to believe that, the reason the middle-class life was slipping away from you, was because some lazy group of people was soaking up resources and blocking the way; making you feel so very much mistreated! But then, “Yayyy!” Your new president rides to the rescue!
You no longer have to feel downtrodden! Is that right?
In the words of my oldest daughter, ” Let’s see how that works for you!”