Given the divisive mood of our country today, I have been thinking a lot about “white guilt” and those terrible creatures known as “white men.” (Spoiler alert: I am one. Gasp!)
White men, after all, are the ones that committed the unpardonable sin of writing the Declaration of Independence, who wrote the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and then set our nation on the course it has followed reasonably successfully for the past 246years.
For doing that, they need to have monuments to them shattered, their statues ripped down, and their names erased from the pantheon of American history.
Oh wait, that is already happening today. Never mind. Please read on:
A couple of years ago, MTV released a controversial video in which a cluster of smug and self-righteous twenty-somethings looked into the camera and told viewers that white guys should “try to recognize that America was never great for anyone who wasn’t a white guy.”
Social media was quick to condemn the video as “racist” and “pathetic.”
For a good reason.
It was racist, and it was pathetic.
The video essentially asserted that white males were at fault for every bad thing that has ever happened in America.
Really? So the United States has always been an unexceptional land without liberty and opportunity for all? I see.
Perhaps that explains why millions of people have for more than two centuries flocked to our shores from every continent on the planet–and still do! I guess they are eager to come to a disgusting country where angry white men oppress them. Makes sense to me.
MTV’s video (which, by the way, was quickly taken down) implied that white men are guilty of what? Of being white and being male, of course.
If that’s not bigoted and racist, then I don’t know what is.
Because the video targeted white men, MTV and its lineup of inane nonwhite actors and one “token white guy” thought it was perfectly okay to smear an entire class of human beings as racist, clueless, and privileged.
And Democrats and their left-wing masters wonder why they will probably lose the House and Senate in the November 2022 midterms.
The premise of the video is this: If you are a male and if you were born white, then that is a sin against humanity. How dare you be born white AND male! One of those sins is enough. But committing both sins burdens you with “white guilt” and brands you as a legitimate target for hateful rhetoric from every ethnic, racial, and sexual minority on the planet.
Nothing has changed since that disgusting video hit the airwaves. Speeches by Muslim Democrat congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib not only continue their anti-Semitic diatribes against Jews and the Jewish state of Israel, they often contain references to America’s “whiteness” as though it were some infectious disease.
Here’s a news flash for Omar, Tlaib, and other mindless bigots: Unlike many of our nation’s frightened, safe-space-seeking cupcakes and snowflakes, I don’t have ANY white guilt. None at all. Not a smidgen. Never did. Never will.
Nor will you EVER see me falling to my knees before a BLM communist goon and begging him (or her) for forgiveness because of my despicable and disgusting “whiteness.”
Why should I?
I wasn’t with Columbus in the 1490s when he allegedly subjugated the native inhabitants he encountered. I wasn’t a slave-owner when slavery was legal in the 18th and 19th centuries. I didn’t attack Mexico in 1846 and appropriate much of what is now the Southwest United States from that country. I had nothing to do with creating the exclusion laws that barred the Chinese from entry to America. Nope, I wasn’t around for any of those events.
All I have done to warrant such loathing from Muslim bigots like Omar and Tlaib, BLM thugs, and Antifa reprobates is work hard in school and my chosen profession, serve four years of active duty in the U. S. Army and try to live my life as much as possible by the tenets of the Golden Rule.
So why do these fatuous imbeciles want to yoke me with White Guilt?
Perhaps it’s because, like a lot of like-minded Americans, I don’t believe in white guilt, but I do think that All Lives Matter—not just black lives, or brown lives, or yellow lives, or red lives, or even green lives, for that matter.
As Tomi Lahren of the Blaze said in response to that MTV video:
“Apparently, white males are no longer allowed to say ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Blue Lives Matter’ because a group of snowflakes on MTV say so. When we say ‘All Lives Matter,’ we include black lives in that. And by the way, the All Lives Matter movement has yet to burn down a CVS, call for the murder and abolishing of police, destroy monuments, or block an interstate.”
MTV News may have the lowest intelligence quotient of our mindless culture-shaping entertainment media, but its position is hardly distinctive.
Lena Dunham, the radical feminist creator and star of the HBO series “Girls,” recently posted a video gleefully predicting the “extinction of white men.”
I wonder if she included her biological father in that cheery death wish. Or perhaps she emerged fatherless from an alien pod.
Maybe it’s her well-known obsessive-compulsive disorder speaking, but when she and other bovine hypocrites haughtily harangue “white guys” for imaginary crimes, such as being born white and male, it apparently has never occurred to them that just as being a white man does not impart any moral superiority, neither does being female, black, brown, yellow, red, gay, or lesbian.
If that notion makes me a depraved and debauched white man, then so be it. I am not ashamed of my gender or my race, and I am sure as hell not saddled with white guilt.
(Ronald E. Yates is a U.S. Army veteran, an author, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent, and Profess or & Dean Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois.)
His website: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/