A recent cover of Esquire Magazine featured a photo of a white teenager with the
caption, “An American Boy: What it’s like to grow up white, middle class, and male in the era of social media, school shootings, toxic masculinity, #MeToo and a divided country.” Although it was nothing more than an interesting account of the life of one boy from Wisconsin, the story created a firestorm of protest. It was immediately denounced as disgusting, inappropriate, and irrelevant.
A typical criticism went like this: “Esquire is highlighting the most privileged demographic in this country. Why not highlight what it’s like to be a young black male in America, or a young Hispanic male in America?” In other words, heaven forbid a magazine cover story about white people. On her Fox TV show, Martha MacCallum moderated a discussion of the issue with two black men and a white man as her guests.
“What I don’t understand,” said MacCallum, “is why telling this person’s story is offensive to other races.” The black men provided a revealing response. “There’s more important people in the world than the white middle class,” they said. “There’s so many other topics that could be discussed. There are other stories that are more important.” One of the men added, “What it’s like being a white male—that’s something I can’t understand.” What they really meant was that, in their worldview, talking about problems of black people is important and talking about problems of white people is not. This anti-white racism underlies most of the objections to the Esquire article.
MacCallum’s white guest fired back with a perfect rebuttal. “People saw a white boy on the cover of a magazine and they freaked out. They said why do we need to have a story about a white boy?” What they are missing, he said, is that “young white men are a segment of society that exists. I don’t know why we’ve gotten to a point now where the experiences of heterosexual white men are unimportant and shouldn’t be heard. Why can’t we occasionally talk about the white experience?”
The black guests implied that discussing white people is in itself an expression of bigotry. “Racism exists,” they said, referring to white racism. “Racism is here.” “Why can we only discuss one side of racism?” said the white guest. “This white boy is on the cover of a magazine and people on the Left are losing their mind and that’s because of racism.” He was referring not to white racism but rather to blatant anti- white racism that is a legacy of the Obama presidency.
Caucasians, especially males, are being demonized and marginalized by the Left and its media enablers. The Left, says author Ben Shapiro, wants to portray America as “an incurable mass of bigoted whites.” One of the racist arguments advocated by the Left is “white privilege,” the notion that society bestows unfair advantages to all people identified as white. For this reason, Democrats have justified open borders as a means of diminishing the percentage of the U.S. population that is white. A surprising number of white apologists support this nonsense.
Anti-white sentiment is especially virulent in colleges and universities. Identity politics on campus, says Scott Greer in No Campus for White Men, is “increasingly bordering on outright hatred for white people, especially white men.” Bashing white people is acceptable to the Left, argues Ben Shapiro, because they believe that racism can only come from dominant groups. Only whites can be bigots. Non-white people cannot be bigots.
A recent outburst of anti-white racism appeared in a tweet from New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong. “Cancel white people,” she said, “white men are bullshit,” and “dumbass f—ing white people.” Political commentator Bill O’Reilly says Jeong’s tweet is consistent with the Times’ editorial philosophy that “white men have destroyed the country.” The Left’s demand for “social justice” is predicated on the notion that women and minorities are oppressed by racist white males. Fox News Insider observed that objections to the Esquire article are based on the leftist conclusion that “we should never have any sympathy for these awful oppressors, the young white men.”
Sadly, the black men on MacCallum’s program failed to apologize for their anti-white racism. On the contrary, they attempted to justify it. “We all have an implicit bias,” they said. “It’s necessary for you to see color when you deal with people.” This is the complete opposite of Martin Luther King’s insistence that people ought to be judged by their character, not by the color of their skin.
White America has been mostly passive about the blitz of anti-white rhetoric—perhaps because of white guilt, perhaps because of fear of violent reprisals, perhaps because so many people are uninformed. At the same time, “More whites have begun talking about themselves as a racially oppressed majority,” reports CNN. “In a widely publicized 2011 survey, white Americans said they suffer from racial discrimination more than blacks.” It is time to declare that white people
are victimized by racism and ought to be designated as a special class. Someone should explain to “people of color” that white is a color too.
Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven books including his latest, Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.