I am going to list the reasons I believe white people are angry. Some white people are so angry that they blindly support a despicable, dishonest, conman like Donald J. Trump.
Before presenting the list, I want to clarify a few things.
- I believe in treating everyone equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
- I have been friends and romantically involved with people from many races, ethnicities, and religions.
- I grew up in a home where hate talk was not allowed. We were taught to appreciate and respect everyone, regardless of race or background.
- I am firmly against and disgusted by white extremist groups and individuals. And I would stand against them to defend any person or group they might attack.
Here’s why white people are angry.
White people feel…
- They are being blamed for countless problems by people of color.
- They are being looked at as though all white people hate people of color when sometimes it is the other way around.
- They are being excluded when nonwhites refer to themselves as “people of color,” implying that white people are colorless and more.
- They are accused of “white privilege” when many are far from being so.
- I felt no white privilege living in a boys home.
- They are mocked by misleading claims that people of color will outnumber whites.
- Collectively, people of color may outnumber white people one day. But white people will remain the largest single group.
- They are being disrespected when people of color remake white movie classics, whereas if they did, they would be labeled racist.
- They are not being appreciated for the countless positive things that white individuals and groups do to help people of color.
- They are not being appreciated for the billions in tax dollars they approved to help people of color.
- Resentment when not allowed to establish white clubs, fraternities, or organizations when all groups of people of color can do so.
- Resentment when not allowed to have a white history month when all groups of people of color can do so.
- Anger seeing some groups of people of color doing lots of complaining but nothing to stop the violence, theft, and destruction.
- Anger seeing some groups of people of color flying the flags of their native countries.
- They are so quickly called racist when they are not, for things such as not liking some particular ethnic music, food, clothing, or tradition.
We must have open, respectful, and levelheaded “two-way” conversations. We need to listen to each other carefully and empathically. And we need to think of ourselves and call each other Americans, not by race, religion, sexual orientation, or political party. Then, we will be nearing a more perfect union.
Our diversity and immigrant history is truly our strength. We are all part of this. We are one. We are Americans.