The Burden of the White Male is the Responsiblity of the White Male

What made me think of this topic was another discussion that has been going on here about white males. 

 

Here's my opinion; We as white males, specifically who live in the United States, are in the highest position of power and more importantly comfort than any other group or demographic definitely in the country and arguably in the world. We rarely feel discomfort or to put it more succinctly, we rarely feel the discomfort of the "other". The discomfort of the woman or the person of color or the immigrant are three that stick out in my mind. I'm sure there are others.  We do not get looked at differently because of our skin or or body type or the way we dress. We are not judged because of these attributes or characteristics. We rarely feel the wrath of stereotyping we so often put on others. So when we hear anger from persons of color, immigrants or women, instead of reacting, we need to step back and listen. The burden is on us. Whether we like it or not, racism and misogyny is very much built into our society and we need to take the responsibility to deal with it more than any other group.

 

So for all white males out there, I challenge you, think before you react. Take the role of the other. Most importantnly, put yourself in situations of discomfort as much as possible. Attend an event that you are the minority, not the majority and see how you feel. This is our burden.

 

My question to you is; do you think this is our role to take? Do you think this is important? How do you, as a white male, see what your role or responsibility is in your society, United States or otherwise?

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Please keep building that border towards Mexico. It absolutely fails keeping Mexicans out, works much better at keeping Americans fenced in and closed minded. ;)

Ever pondered how you would take yourself into Mexico if the US got invaded? Or 'the big one' hits California and the state becomes unlivable?

I don't blame the illegal immigrants themselves for wanting to come to the U.S. I blame our government for not enforcing our borders and our allows in creating an environment in which it is encouraged rather shunned upon.

The USA's corporate market needs those illegal immigrants to do all the shit labour that you guys don't want to do.

 

If the corporations wanted illegal immigrants to be gone, you can be sure they would be. The political willpower is not there for a reason.

Exactly.

The US should open it's borders completely to anyone who wants to live there and has a tangible job offer.

White people are stereotyped for their skin color all the time. We don't have rhythm , we can't jump , we most likely received education paid for by our parents , etc

I have rhythm , I used to be able to dunk at only 6 foot 1 and yes I did have my college tuition paid for by my grandmother ... but I fucked it up and now I have to pay it myself.

Hooray for Iranians!

The funny thing is you think you deserve special respect because your father was successful. weird.

Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with that. My point was that Iranians are very successful (mentioning my father's story of hard work and dedication at the age of 16 and then my subsequent life story was relevant to this conversation) because Iranians don't give themselves excuses - and especially after the revolution, who was it harder for to probably live in the states along with the hostage crisis? Think about that.

Only if he outperforms his father can he deserve special respect. Great men are usually born into families with wealth and a large degree of inter generational struggle. Charles Darwin and Dubya are pretty good examples. Obama and Lincoln have more modest backgrounds and probably more experiences. Most people also have the ability to follow in their footsteps, if they choose to do so.

Incompetence and failure is not an excuse for unfortunate circumstances.

Being an atheist in America makes one more of an outsider than anyone else based on skin color, gender, or sexual preference.  Period.

 

http://friendlyatheist.com/2011/06/08/were-still-unelectable/

Bradley I agree with this, but again because we are in this group, I am hoping it gives us more incite on how to behave with others who are different than us. I am hoping it teaches empathy.

 

 

So the 'real' privileged people are not 'white males' but 'Heterosexual , Christian believing upper class white males'?

I don't need to be an atheist in fear of losing a good chunk of my income if the parents of my students find out or the church I play for decides to can me ... to know what empathy is.

I mean people already assume I'm gay half the time because I don't care about sports , I am a tad feminine and I spent most of my adult life so far around women in choirs and ballet classes , etc.
I am appalled by the level of ignorance that I have seen on this forum, from Sassan in particular. You send to me like a middle-class White man who has never been without, who has never experienced poverty or the sharp blade of hopelessness that the prison of poverty brings with insipid prejudice as its warden.

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