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Mon Jan 13, 2014, 03:36 PM

Why the 'End' of White Men Is Actually Good for White Men

1. We'll probably live longer. The life-span for white men without a college education is actually shrinking, while Hispanic males are the longest-lived American men. For affluent white guys, being in control all the time takes a toll on the heart; for poorer white men, rage at not having what you think is rightfully yours by virtue of your skin color can lead to lethally reckless behavior. The sooner white men let go of the anxiety and resentment that accompany unearned privilege, the healthier and happier we'll likely be.

2. We can finally stop the unhelpful whining about our white guilt. Of course, the fact that white men don't have the power they once did doesn't mean they don't still benefit from unmerited privilege. But perhaps this dramatic loss of influence is a good opportunity to listen to anti-racism advocates like Tim Wise. Guilt over what our ancestors did is useless and self-indulgent, Wise says; instead, we "have to take some responsibility for the unearned advantage, which means working to change the society that bestows that advantage." So quit it with the sulking and the navel-gazing about whether your ancestors' sins apply to you.

3. Women - and everyone else - will be more likely to tell us the truth. The more privilege you have (or are perceived to have) the riskier it is for someone who doesn't share that privilege to be honest with you. Anglican feminist theologian Janet Morley suggests that when the privileged use power to dominate, they force the less privileged to use their "weakness to manipulate." Most people dislike being manipulated and yet a system in which women and non-whites lack equal access to power is one in which honesty often comes with dangerously high risks. We soothe people whom we fear, and we flatter when we've got few other options to get what we need. The more power white men hold in public and private, the less likely that they can fully trust the smiles and the nods and the "yesses" of those who don't share their privilege. Put simply, when we lose our privilege, we'll start to be able to trust what we hear.

4. We can - maybe - trust our successes are due to our merit. One of the most pernicious tropes in the affirmative action debate is that minority and gender-based preferences in admissions or hiring make it impossible for non-whites and women to be sure of their own abilities. For two generations, angry white men have complained that they aren't given any special benefits by the state. This lament, of course, ignores what's obvious to everyone who isn't wearing blinders. (Privilege conceals itself best from those who possess it.) The benefits of whiteness and maleness are so numerous (Peggy McIntosh's famous 50 point list hardly covers them all) that most white men just can't see them. Though middle-aged white men like me may never know just how much of our success is due to unmerited advantage, the eclipsing of our power means that our sons and grandsons have at least a better chance of growing up in a world where their triumphs will be due solely to their merits, not their skin or their sex.


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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 03:46 PM

1. LEARN how it feels, White Men

I am a Straight, White WOMAN, and still have it better than many others.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 04:01 PM

2. EXACTLY but some White men cannot face the fact that they are the privileged class!

 

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 06:54 PM

4. Me too. And it is inconceivable to me that those who are saying "my whiteness/maleness/whatever

doesn't give me any advantages" seriously believe what they are saying.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 06:35 PM

3. Although with a few (minor) flaws, this is still a pretty decent article overall.

 

Indeed, it *is* time to let go of certain of the old ways of thinking; this nation is changing & metamorphosizing into something new & improved on the social front. And I am proud to be a part of this new wave of change, however small it may be. Together, we *are* making a difference.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 06:55 PM

5. Well said

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 13, 2014, 07:10 PM

6. Thanks. I do try. =)

 

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