- Posted August 26, 2009 by
Santa Clarita, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Racism: Adjusted for Anglo's
Why do whites get thrown under the bus?
I was reading around the internet, trying to follow the healthcare debate when I read a quote from Maureen Dowd: “Instead of a multicultural tableau of beaming young idealists on screen, we see ugly scenes of mostly older and white malcontents.” I started to laugh at first. The ridiculousness of the word malcontent made me chuckle. I mean, who, in this country, is not content with something or another? But then, I gave it a closer look, and I became slightly agitated with the comment.
It's no secret that there is a divide between Anglo-Americans and minorities in this country. The double standard that exists is visible as far as the eye can see and creates a gap that is becoming more difficult to jump over. This is all the more apparent when Paul Krugman writes: "“they’re probably reacting less to what Mr. Obama is doing, or even to what they’ve heard about what he’s doing, than to who he is.” Krugman later goes on to say that whites are reacting out of’ “cultural and racial anxiety.”
Imagine me, an Anglo-American, telling an African-American or Hispanic, anti-war protester during the Bush presidency that he is a: "black malcontent who is reacting less to what Mr. Bush is doing, or even to what you've heard about what he's doing because of your cultural and racial anxiety." No. That doesn't fly with me, either. So what makes you think I, an Anglo-American, like it any better when you adjust it at me.
The problem has usually been that when someone, Anglo or African, directs the charge of racism at another person, he or she is likely more guilty of the charge than the man or woman they are accusing. The dictionary defines racism as a: "hatred or intolerance of another race or other races." Notice, there is no distinction between who the majority and minorities are.
How many people cried racism against Anglo-Americans when an overwhelming amount of African-Americans came out in support of Obama during the election. No one, as they shouldn't have. The charge would have been ridiculous. However, can you imagine the uproar that would have taken place had Obama lost the presidency to McCain? Or how about CNN hosting a special titled: "White in America" If the title is as ridiculous as it sounds, it's because it is.
It's time for Washington, and everybody else, to treat minorities as equals and without handicaps. And, it's time for African-Americans and Hispanics to do the same. When that happens, and affirmative action is successfully phased out of legislation, maybe, just maybe, the gap between Anglos, Africans and Hispanics, will close.