Hey white guys, you want some cheese with that whine?
If you are a white guy, married with children—as I am—please forgive the provocative tone of the question. But really, I’m getting tired of hearing the “What about us?” refrain from a group that is, in the USA, still far and away the ruling class. So after a series of shootings and bombings carried out by white supremacists (yes, the Sikh Temple shooting was just the last in a long string) I thought I’d better ask this in a way that gets the attention of my fellow American white, heterosexual males. And as multiculturalism spreads in Europe and elsewhere, feel free to chime in if you’re not in America, but this theme is meaningful to you.
In this video, Bill the white guy captures the thought perfectly. Let’s be honest. Whites made up 69.1% of the US population in the 2010 Census. In 2009, the median net worth of white households in the US was $113,149 while Hispanics were at $6,325 and blacks just $5,677. And how many times do you hear about gangs of gay bigots beating up straight guys?
I’m with Bill. If we white guys ever do become an oppressed minority, I’ll be with you on the picket lines. I’ll yell, “Hey hey, ho ho, white suppression’s got to go.” just as loudly as all my fellow white guys.
But seriously, are we there yet? Are we so afraid to share that our political advertising has to use dog-whistle appeals to racism, sexism and gender bigotry to secure even more political power for straight whites males?