My daughter’s currently obsessed with the movie “The Boss Baby” (or “Mean Baby” as she puts it).
At one point in the film, Tim—the seven year old who’s feeling the squeeze of the baby—is cornered by Boss Baby and informed that unless he gets with the program, “there will be cutbacks.” A distraught Tim goes back to his room, now deathly afraid that he’s being replaced by the newer model.
According to Brian Resnick over at Vox.com who penned the piece “9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era,” we white people—according to a survey of “447 self-identified alt-righters”— have a serious fear of being replaced, too—and that Donald Trump has capitalized on this fear to push his agenda.
Ah yes, brilliant: interview a bunch of likely white-supremacists about whether or not they fear being replaced by non-white people. Sublime.
This idea that whiteness (and its social justice cousin “maleness,” otherwise known as the “sin of being a dude) is THE root of most ills in society is a trend that’s gaining shocking ground. Take a gander:
- University offers class on ‘The Problem of Whiteness’
- How a DIY Asymmetrical Haircut Helped Me Eliminate My White Privilege
- USC Class Installs ‘Dismantle Whiteness and Misogyny’ Mural on Campus
- Journalist Cites ‘Maleness’ And ‘Whiteness’ In Grieving For Junior Hockey League Deaths (this one’s a real head-scratcher: somehow the fact that children in this tragic accident were white males is, in that journalist’s opinion, the driving reason for the national outpouring of sorrow. Nope, couldn’t possibly be because 15 kids lost their lives…nah.)
And this gem from my home state:
So, what exactly is the end game here? What will it take for the radical American Left to be satisfied? How many altars do “white people” and their so-called “privilege” need to be sacrificed on in order to make things “right”? And yes, I get it—those opposing my line of questioning will assert that this is “peanuts” compared to what minorities have gone through in this country. Ah—so two wrongs make a right? Treating one race like a disease for sins committed by generations past is somehow going to fix society? Seriously, how does all of this hate not automatically perpetuate MORE hate?
Oh and by the way, if you dare question this knee-jerk premise, you’re “bullying them into silence.”
As a non-Nazi white person (which happens to be MOST white people in this country), and as a conservative who voted for Donald Trump, what say you let us speak for ourselves, Vox?
I’m going to make this REAL simple. And for the record? These views aren’t exclusive to “white” people.
- We’re seriously concerned with people who give our laws the middle finger. That’s why we voted for president who promised to fix the immigration system and build a wall to stop those who refuse to follow the law even then. It’s HARD to talk about immigration. Why? Because there are millions of decent men women and children trying to escape hardship in their country; who just want a better life here. The problem is, we’re a nation of laws. If we allow those laws to be trampled upon, we’re no better than the lawless cesspools from which those poor people came. Instead of having a realistic conversation about how to open up the doors to immigration to more people LAWFULLY, so many in our country simply resort to cries of racism lobbed at anyone who dares raise a concern about the aforementioned lawlessness. Who does that help?
- We’re seriously concerned with a growing ideology that suppresses (or literally kills) anyone that doesn’t tow their radical religious line. That’s why we voted for a president who promised to get serious about Islamic extremism and the threat it poses to this country. We’re talking about an ideology that suppresses and abuses women, throws homosexuals off roofs, and stones young people for “dishonoring” their families. It’s HARD to talk about Islamic extremism. Why? Because we’re a nation FOUNDED on the premise that all people should be free to worship as they please. It seems almost counterintuitive to be talking about looking at people’s cultural and religious background when it comes to making decisions about who to let in this country. And yet, again, instead of having the intellectual honesty to look at the situation for what it is—so many in our nation again resort to cries of racism. Again, who does that help?
- We’re seriously concerned with groups like Black Lives Matter, which—in the name of raising awareness to the plight of the African American community—seeks to suppress others in the process. That’s why we voted for a president that recognizes the hatefulness that runs through the veins of some many of this group’s organizers and champions. It’s HARD to talk about Black Lives Matter. Why? Because our nation does have sore spots in our history where the African Americans in this country were treated abhorrently. And yet somehow, so many running this group or participating in it believe that to right those wrongs, it’s acceptable to perpetuate the very same hate. AGAIN, who does that help?
Here’s the deal: we couldn’t care less about whether or not someone LOOKS like us or comes from the same background. That’s not the point. What so many Americans (white and otherwise) are concerned about is an influx of people from outside our nation, and a growing number of people inside our nation, who do not share our nationally treasured values; values shared by all races in this country. Let me sum up those values for you: “that all men [yes, women too] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
To protect that incredible premise of freedom, we must remain a nation of laws. This means we’re opposed NOT to the RACES of people coming, but to the nature by which they’ve come. This means we’re opposed NOT to the RACES of the Islamic faith, but to ANY person that would abuse and even eliminate human life in the name of a religion. This means we’re opposed NOT to the RACE of those running Black Lives Matter, but to the idea that one race should be allowed to break laws, harm fellow citizens, and target police officers in the name of “righting a wrong.”
Vox, not everything is about race, nor can everything be solved by making it about race. And just because your favorite candidate didn’t win the election doesn’t automatically mean we’ve jumped back in time to an age of segregation and abuse. It doesn’t mean we hate all immigrants or want to shut the country off to ALL who want to come.
You’re dead wrong.
THAT is the truth.
And making EVERYTHING about race not only makes it nearly impossible to seriously address the issues facing our country, but it cheapens the plight of those enduring ACTUAL racism. Yes, some immigrants do face actual racism based on the color of their skin and the language they speak. Yes, some Muslim do face actual racism based on their cultural and religious background.
But that’s not the norm.
It’s the norm if you ask nearly 500 white supremacists—it’s not the norm if you ask the average, run of the mill white Trump supporter. Seriously, go out and talk to a few of them sometime.
The vast majority of “white” Americans want what everyone else wants: safety, security, jobs, a good future for our children (yes, a future that contains quite a few people that don’t happen to look like them!).
So Vox, I challenge you: take off the race-colored glasses and dig deep into the issues. Do a little soul-searching. Think a little harder. You might just be surprised.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree