Tuesday, April 13, 2010
PSA: Conservative White Men on Endangered Species List
It is important for us all to get involved. The conservative (wealthy) White man faces extinction in the 21st century. If we don't act now it will be too late, and this planet cannot afford to lose him.
It is not a physical extinction that I am speaking of, but an extinction of a sociocultural identity. The extinction of the conservative White male is being precipitated by the election of America's first Black president. This historical event symbolized the massive fissure between the ideology of conservative White men and the majority of Americans.
They are bewildered and scorned by the women's rights, gay rights, and civil rights movements. They sense the loss of power and privilege in the political arena, business, and at home. They mourn the loss of their stranglehold on American perceptions and there ability to shape themselves into heroes. There are no more Robert E. Lees. John Wayne is replaced now by Brad Pitt. It is this trend toward extinction that has some scrambling for lifelines. For instance, Professor Lionel Tiger from Rutgers and many others are trying to arouse support and interest for the development of Male studies courses in college.
Conservative White males are rightfully fearful as they see their way of life eroding continuously. Some of them have watched their sons become hip hop heads and seen their daughters become intimate with men of a darker hue. Some have seen their progeny totally rebel against them and become liberal thinkers. The old conservative White male social order is dying. Just as it died in the end of the 18th century when the British Empire outlawed slavery in its colonies. Just as it died in America at the end of the civil war. And again in the 60's. As it died in South Africa in 1994 with the ending of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela. The minority rule status quo that these men established through racism, sexism, colonialism, and capitalism has ended. South Africa has never been the same and neither will the United States.
These conservative White men made a choice during the civil rights era (40s, 50s, & 60s) that was to draw a line and not budge. It was their unsophisticated solution to the problem of tipping scales in the balance of power. While the rest of society evolves, adapting to sociocultural-political changes, the conservative White men have relentlessly adhered to outdated principles. Some even cling to a hope that the south shall rise again.
If our entire ecosystem is threatened by the extinction of honey bees, imagine the ripple effects of losing conservative White males. My Philadelphia source (D) said, "If action is not taken immediately, we may soon see a time where the government is going to have to step in and create some land preserves for the endangered conservative White man." Kind of the way the NBA stepped in and instituted the 3-point shot so White boys could continue to compete.
These conservative White men serve a vital function in society. They keep us all grounded, they test our sanity, and keep something stirring to inspire poetry, music, literature and human expression of all kinds. The loss of the conservative White man would be as catastrophic for humanity as their presence has been.
I urge everyone to help. It is up to us to make this world a safer place for conservative White men. They are afraid people. Their fear is manifest in their severe behavior problems (i.e. corporate fraud, grifting, starting wars with people they don't know how to beat, treason, threatening coups, involvement with alcohol and other drugs, involvement with weapons, relationship problems and aggression). Their problem behaviors serve a function, that is to use desperate acts (and some very well calculated acts) to maintain their grip on power, though they are being washed away by a more powerful, more evolved majority.
Let them know they are not alone. We each must do our part.