No Heroes for Poor, White Males

Francis Lafayette,
NC.

Much like modern Germans, lower class white males in America have been granted a shame about their past. We’ve been told the History we learn in school is Eurocentric, but as a former social studies teacher, I can tell you that most Americans cannot tell you who Louis IV was. Or John J. Pershing. Or Eric Blair. Or Henry David Thoreau. Or countless other people of historical significance who are left behind in public thought as “old, dead white guys.” For white males who are better off, they benefit from private schools, trust funds, and documented family history. For poor, white males, the same benefits aren’t shared, although the affluent stereotype of the fraternity kid in croakies and dockshoes lives on.

As politics swings more radically in both directions, this mass of working class whites find themselves in very similar situations as minorities in the same social-economic class, but have nothing to pin the blame to about their plight; they have no voice loud enough to suggest a fix, and no ability to conspire about tough times. They don’t benefit from affirmative action. Their past has been denigrated to a label of rich oppressors. They find themselves needlessly humbled in the face of progressive ideology, and even fear speaking when they desire to be an ally to the cause. They’ve lowered themselves to self hate, that extends beyond satire, but actual belief. The mental imagery of their working class fathers are calloused hands, sullen eyes, and silent breaths smelling of cheap alcohol, and to honor their fathers must stay a personal event. They’re finding their complaints ignored and their opinions disenfranchised. I, myself post this diatribe under a pseudoname and I do not doubt if this were to be published, the patronization I’d receive in the comments would be scathing. We live in a tandem of fear and acceptance, and beyond getting this off of my own chest behind anonymity, we will still be unable to proudly look to our pasts or be hopeful for our futures.

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7 Responses to "No Heroes for Poor, White Males"
  1. Nicole333 says:

    I am a Caucasian female from a lower middle class background, and I agree with you. I hate how we are often lumped in the category of the oppressors, as if all white people are the same. It makes me sad. And its not right.

  2. Amy says:

    It’s wrong and the more people continue to divide themselves in the false notion of “equality”, the more divided we are becoming.

    • WICKED says:

      The dividing is to be expected. The insistence of some to demand diversity while at the same time practicing and promoting separatism is the thing that is puzzling.

  3. nm_guy says:

    Don’t you go to the meetings where the other white people decide who gets jobs and how to split up all the money? You should check into that. That’s the only way to hold onto all the power and keep everyone else down.
    Sorry that was a bad joke.

  4. Peach McDouall says:

    Divide and conquer was the way the rich folks did it. When the abolitionists, then the Wobblies and the union reps came to a small town where blacks and whites worked together and were starting to realize there were more of them than of the rich guy who was abusing them, the rich folks said “Hey! identify with US, not THEM.” The important thing about you isn’t your poverty or your work, it’s your SKIN.” It’s still working.

  5. Peach McDouall says:

    Divide and conquer was the way the rich folks did it. When the abolitionists, then the Wobblies and the union reps came to a small town where blacks and whites worked together and were starting to realize there were more of them than of the rich guy who was abusing them, the rich folks said “Hey! identify with US, not THEM.” The important thing about you isn’t your poverty or your work, it’s your SKIN.” It’s still working.

  6. WICKED says:

    All of what you said is true but white men throughout history have never looked for excuses. If there was a problem the solution was to fix it not cry about it and wait for someone to take pity. Civilizations and technological advances aren’t derived by feeling sorry for yourself. Excuses are for failures.

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