Looking back on my youth, I lived through and enjoyed in pop culture both the Average White Band and The White Shadow —as a teen, without an ounce of critical awareness, and as an average white boy, without a clue of my own blinding privilege.
As I entered college, the Reagan revolution occurred, and I recall vividly being drawn to we actually need a white dude with average to small allure of reverse racism, the vapid claim that white men were somehow then the victims of a multicultural and gender revolution. Rapidly approaching 60, I am both ashamed and more fully looking for frieds with benefits of who I was in my youth—a person I reject entirely but witness daily in teenaged and early adult white guys that I teach.
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One first-year student just wrote an essay—one I we actually need a white dude with average to small have written myself at his age—passionately arguing he is not privileged even though every single example he offered white, male, affluent parents confirmed his privilege.
Work twice as hard to attain half as much —what a horrible way to navigate the world, so pervasive that entire communities teach this to their children.
Among this new normal, these partial admissions among the Left stand in stark contrast to a Republican president men horney in the wake of his own profane bragging about being a sexual predator and a Republican senate candidate receiving a standing ovation while visiting a church after being exposed for his own open secret—his predatory habits including girls as young as Can these revelations about how many powerful men are monsters be traced to predispositions of being born a male, to some code engrained in whiteness even as we know race is a social, not a biological, construct?
I am afraid of the truth about being male, about the flawed consequences of being a creature driven by testosterone even duude the capacity for reason, compassion, and ethical awareness. I am terrified about the inability to determine cause and effect among the dynamics xverage being male, white, and powerful —that white men have disproportionate power may allow being white and male to be absolved, may allow us all to decry the corrosive impact of power.
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But Keillor represents more than the existential fear all women and girls must fear from all men as neex physical and sexual threats; Keillor is the quintessential average white man who is half as avreage but reaps twice the benefits on the wave of his privileges. And yet as the veneer is being peeled back from men as adult seeking nsa Farmingdale Maine monsters, average white men themselves are desperately asking what if things are going too far, what if all the men guilty of sexual assault and intimidation are held accountable.
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Yes, what if? Today averaye white male student who wrote the ham-fisted essay about privilege conferenced with me about his essay, and I was struck by how even though he is identified as privileged, he is confronted with a different world than I. In another first-year class, a black young woman came into class upset about Lauer; she immediately said she was disappointed.
Both of those students share a naive view of the world, one shaped by the very average white men afraid of an overdue purging.
Both of those students, I worry, are not really being offered the promises they deserve, and thus, what if all the average actuwlly men face their reckoning? Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost?
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