Stoking the fear of the Angry White Man
Another Post by Basta!!
During the late 1990’s the term “The Angry White Man” started to escalate and now in 2010 it is a common phrase. While whether you believe the premise of what it states is based on your own belief, the underlying theme, in particular with the election of President Barack Obama is the notion what Whites should be wary of him, primarily because he is Black! The 49% who did not vote for him are determined to somehow persuade those who believe, they are the Majority. Whatever your politics, it became clear on November 4, 2008 that our nation was prepared to move forward.
The theme “We want our country back” stems from the ridiculous notion that somehow President Obama, his administration and policies implemented will disenfranchise Whites so that others can benefit. From basic resources to an economy that was falling off the cliff as well an inherited deficit of nearly 1.5 TRILLION DOLLARS, the lack of full employment and the lack of other opportunities have created an anxiety in non-Whites, but Whites specifically, as for the first time in a very long time, they are struggling like the rest of the country and feel their position in our nation is eroding. Hence the notion of “The Angry White Man.” Again, many do not agree with this premise as most would agree when things get tough, whoever or whatever the cause the only way to improve the condition is for everyone to dig in and contribute to improving the situation.
On the other hand, RACE is big business in the United States. Zillions are made for organizations and others who understand as long as there is fear of the other race (White vs Black; Black vs Brown; etc) entire industries could be created leaving them paralyzed resulting in fear from each other.
For point of clarification…….any person in the minority position can not be accurately defined as a Racist. Racism stems from being in power and employing actions to keep those in the minority……….in the minority. On the other hand, those in the majority as well as those in the minority or EVERYONE can be Prejudiced or Bias towards other people, but that is different than employing Racism. During the Civil Rights Struggle and specifically Dr. King’s 1963 speech in Washington, the notion of integration was not to assimilate into the majority position, per se but to demand for those in the majority to SHARE RESOURCES so that everyone could live a fuller and productive life.
So with unemployment at an all time high as well as other factors which affect the quality of life for ALL, some have taken advantage to stoke the issue of RACE, aligned with the reality our nation is led by an African-American president as a detriment that feeds into the spirit of “The Angry White Man.”
Some in the media, whether reporting fact or fiction have invested huge dollars to keep the issue of race out front. The problem is they use Race as a dividing measure or reason to be and, live in fear. Unfortunately, some buy into their commentary and act out the reaction they are generating.
Again, it’s one thing to criticize the President of the United States for policies but it’s another to devote specific media’s who have adopted a keen strategy in spinning the fact he is African-American therefore, whites should be in fear!!! Far from the truth but the likes of Russ Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and a few others, who have tremendous reach through their respective programs have embraced being a part of the strategy we speak about. You might ask, it is incredible they utilize so much air time allegedly discussing Race, while overtly keeping the caldron of fear on fire? You kinda wonder what kind of discussion was going on before President Obama???? How did the media entertain us? No doubt entire industries have been enriched since President Obama came into office but you simply have to ask the question what motivates those mentioned in this article to dwell on Race from the spirit of inferring the White Man will be disenfranchised, as long as there is a Black Man in charge??
Your thoughts and perspective are encouraged.