Often Ashamed of Being White Male

Anthony Whittum,
Portland, OR.

As I get older (56) racism seems more prevalent or at least more “advertised” by those that hold racist beliefs. Or perhaps as my childhood, young manhood and middle age fade into the rearview mirror my awareness of all things grows. It seems that racists are most often categorized as “white men”. After all that’s what we see on television! Those that hold political office and that hold racist beliefs are most often middle-aged white men, seeking power, and speaking cleverly, covertly, and even out loud about their racism.
From a young age, I have disliked anyone “assuming” that I am one thing or another and now it feels like I am being lumped in with a stereotypical, unsavory, hateful crowd of white men/racists.


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