The world is changing, my friends. Are you ready for it, or are you avoiding what’s coming?
Call me a canary in the mine shaft, but I smell trouble coming. This page will chart it by posting news stories, commentary, and self-generated content about the emerging debate about “whiteness” as a political and social problem to be solved.
History is unforgiving, and the forces that move it have less to do with intellectual constructs than with circumstance. Three changes are transforming the world: demographics, communication and migration. Combined, these changes will remake communities worldwide.
Simply put, non-white populations are growing faster than white populations. In the United States, caucasians will be a minority within the next couple of decades. Will a broader vision of human potential unite the world’s people as these changes occur? Or will folks congregate with others much like themselves, advancing the interests of the group to which they belong?
There’s little reason to think that the species has suddenly grown wiser or more kind in the past century. The twentieth century was a century of war and bloodshed. Folks seek their own interests first.
What about communication? The Internet makes each smart phone a window on the world. Even a poor man has such a portal now. Images of affluence elsewhere prompts the inevitable question: Why not me, now? Inequality is growing worldwide; so is resentment. Will the bonds that unite us now snap? History suggests they will; they always have in the past.
And migration? Europe struggles with mass migration, it’s ideals rubbed raw by the reality of accommodating strangers, with strange values and urgent demands, in their midst. Immigration into the United States field political debates in the United States. It bears noting that the candidate who promised to build a wall along the nation’s southern border won the race.
These material changes in the circumstance yield intellectual consequences. Suddenly, diversity is valued for its own sake. An empty form of pluralism demands respect for all, no matter how idiosyncratic. Our courts, for the first time in history, now actually listen to reasoned debate about what bathrooms children should use.
And when a white man screams “stop the madness” he is sassed, and his “privilege” makes his viewpoint suspect. Universities now offer courses helping students navigate away from toxic “whiteness.” At the margins of debate, the call for reparations echoes — white men must pay others for centuries of injustice.
Where will it all lead?
There’s no telling. Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 election is regarded by some as the last gasp of the white middle class. In four, or perhaps eight, years there’ll be a reckoning of some sort.
So The Last White Man observes the whirling madness gathering form, sitting on the sidelines, seeing patterns, and wondering whether a the sins of our fathers will be visited upon us. If you’ve read this far, you’re wondering the same thing.
So spread the word. Just because you’re white doesn’t mean you can’t be right. A politics of human dignity is possible. Martin Luther King’s vision of judging a person by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin has not yet died.
One needn’t be a white supremacist to defend one’s race against the gathering storm. All that’s necessary is a Pauline conviction that we are all sinners in need of grace. What terrifies are the righteous, and, today, none are quite so righteous as those who believe white men are what ails the world.
This page will be dedicated to unmasking the pretentious of race panderers. I welcome your comments and suggestions.