White Male Victimization Anxiety

Trump represents all the white men who feel they’re losing ground.


Comments: 244

  1. it is amazing that some slight diminution in the level of overwhelming privilege is now considered discrimination or unfair. when you start on second or third base, to have to go back to first when all the others still start in the batters box, is too difficult for the privileged.

  2. @davey385 If you believe that privilege is a real thing (and I do), then the loss of privilege (even toward the goal of equality) is a real loss. No?

  3. This started out as a white power campaign. After Trump was exposed as having a lifetime of horrible treatment of women and got away with it, his campaign has coalesced around it's true and essential purpose. White male power.

    After all of his sex scandals become known, there was no appreciable reduction in with the Women For Trump signs. In fact, the scandals may have boosted his position with that crowd. They denied that Trump did any of those things. It was all fake news. It appears then, that white power includes as a subset, the subjugation of women. And the women with the signs cheer.

    When I see those Women For Trump signs, I think of all the Muslim women that wear those suffocating birkas with the tiny slit to see out of. Is there really much of a difference?

    When our nation was formed, black people were property, and so were white women. Women had some rights as opposed to no rights, but basically were owned and controlled by white men when it came to political and economic power. That's your originalist case.

    The Republican war on women then is very similar to the opposition to the civil rights movement. The intensity is lower, but the cause is the same, white male dominance. The battlefield is control over their bodies and getting equal pay and opportunity.

    Unfortunately, there are far too many women who gladly wear the equivalent of the birka. They want to be subjugated. They stand with Trump.

  4. @Bruce Rozenblit
    For a long time after the 2016 election, one of the stats of the election I found very difficult to absorb was the proportion of white females who voted for Trump versus those who supported Hillary. It was sickening and I am still unable to make sense of it. I just hope that one of these days, the women, who are the majority of the eligible voters, will redeem themselves and save the country from impending fascism.

  5. @Bruce Rozenblit thank you for this comment. I ask myself often why any woman would support this horrid man, and have been forced to conclude that since independent thinking can be a hard road, somewhere in the back of their minds perhaps the devil they know is better than the devil they don't. I certainly don't agree with that choice, but it's the only reason I can come up with.

  6. @Bruce Rozenblit Some women, and a lot of religious people in general, don't want to make their own decisions--they don't want responsibility for the direction of their lives. So they defer to 'their men,' as the Bible enjoins, to set that direction for them.

    I'm not willing to say that "women for Trump" want to be property, but maybe they're so used to it that they would feel lost without it. And maybe they accept sexual abuse as a byproduct, an affirmation even, of their cosseted position.

    I can't say for sure. The women in my life have never held such beliefs.

  7. "He wants to be better than Obama and be acclaimed for that superiority."

    Not possible. Trump and President Obama are polar opposites in every way.

    I'm a white woman. I never realized I was privileged until it was gracefully and lovingly explained to me. I accepted these words gracefully and it opened my eyes. Yes, I walk in life with a different experience than other people. It hurts me to know this. The only thing I can do is know this and try to reach out my hand to other people in love and acceptance. To see, actually see and acknowledge people who look different from me. Some of my kind (whites) will call me names. Go on, you are right. I love others, you are right and I proudly claim it.

  8. @Debbie As do I. I thank the lord that our extended family looks like a little U.N. I'm white as are my husband and sons. My daughter-in-law is of Asian descent, my sister-in-law is black. My husband's (he is an immigrant) great-niece is white/black his other great-niece adopted 2 black children who were at risk and we have other family members who are hispanic. We have almost every religion and none that are represented.

    All of this has gradually occurred, over the years in our family as it has occurred throughout our country. These people are going to have to accept reality.

  9. @Debbie

    Sounds like you had a very religious experience. You had your eyes opened to your original sin, I guess.

    That sort of "revelation" philosophy works on some people. It is naive to expect it to work on everyone, though.

    Come back when you can quantify privilege, when it has metrics to gauge improvement, when you can scientifically model it and use it as a predictive tool. In other words: when it actually meets the basic STEM standards, and not soft "social science" standards. Then maybe people will accept it as a scientific fact instead of a philosophical thought experiment and religious experience.

  10. They’re saying, “Enough.” "They will cede no more ground, they will share no more power, they will accommodate no more ascendancy and validation of the oppressed."

    That's at least partially wrong. Conservatives are simply saying that each person should be judged based on their merit. This isn't about ceding ground - as if white men somehow received their positions based solely on their race and gender - and now it's the turn of women and minorities. i have no issue with "ascendancy" and "validation" as long as it is earned using metrics applied to everyone. It's already the case that more than half of college students, law school students and medical school students are women. But I guess that fact doesn't comport with Blow's idea of women as victims, does it ?

  11. @Ana Cruz, "It's already the case that more than half of college students, law school students and medical school students are women. But I guess that fact doesn't comport with Blow's idea of women as victims, does it ?"

    Demographically, women make up a greater proportion of the overall US population than men. So simply by the law of averages we would expect to see them outnumber men as students in these academic settings. But if you think that's evidence that women have nothing to complain about, you're mistaken.

    Will those women, upon graduation, earn the same salaries as their male counterparts in the same programs? All evidence says no. Will those women have access to the same opportunities for advancement up the career ladder (including access to the largely male leadership of their organizations) as their male counterparts? All evidence says no. Will they be held to the same standards in the workplace and judged the same as their male counterparts? All evidence says no. And, should they start families, will they be forced to put their career on hold - or drop out completely - because of GOP/corporate policies that make it near-impossible for professional women to access maternity leave and affordable childcare? All evidence says yes.

    I'm a researcher, and there are solid empirical data that back everything listed above. Simply pointing to women's enrollment in universities is nowhere near sufficient to argue that they're being TREATED equally in the workforce.

  12. @Ana Cruz

    “Conservatives are simply saying that each person should be judged based on their merit.”

    They are certainly not acting that way. Recent examples: Stonewalling and blocking any reasonable investigation into charges against Judge Kavanaugh is doing exactly the opposite of examination on merit. When Trump mocked, misrepresented, and disrespected Dr. Ford he was inviting the public to dismiss her out of hand, not logically assess the merit of her testimony or any facts that could come to light. All of this was precisely to preclude any examination of merit.

    “white men somehow received their positions based solely on their race and gender”

    Mr. Blow in no way asserted this. Rather, a subset of white men —the anxious, fearful conservatives who resonate with Trump— see status and position as their prerogative and defend it as such, acting as if allowing others in will somehow diminish them.

    “…no issue with 'ascendancy' and 'validation' as long as it is earned using metrics applied to everyone.”

    You and Mr. Blow agree on this. It’s regrettable that the conservative white men standing behind Trump (and the women who stand behind them) refuse to apply metrics equally. They apply a completely different and disadvantageous set of metrics to people who are other-than-white, other-than-male, other-than-Christian, other-than-TrumpRepublican, etc.

  13. @Ana Cruz,
    Here’s what’s wrong with your idea. You can’t oppress a race of people, institutionalize systems that deprive them of opportunity and success for hundreds of years and then one day decide “Okay we’re all equals here. Best man/woman wins”. Really?

  14. I miss Al Franken. He was railroaded out without the ethics investigation he asked for. I still believe he was our best hope in 2020. What happened to him, what happened to us, was entirely unfair.

  15. @gw

    Indeed! This was a ridiculous overreach by the #MeToo lot. Prior to his service in Congress, he was a damn good comedian. You can't do that without pushing boundaries. Bear in mind those few photos were 'politically correct' for the time.

  16. @gw I will forever remember Kirsten Gillbrand's name as chief railroader.

  17. @gw I don't. If you approve one groper, you approve them all. I doubt you'd be taking this line if the groper was a republican.

    Franken's demise was his own doing.

  18. Victimization? Anxiety, you say?

    Bunk! These are smug men who loudly claim to be victim while they elbow each other, smiling approvingly at the women who do their dirty work. Heck, Grassley even took Susan Collins to lunch.

    Let us not mistake the complete refusal of the older white male, especially, to cede women any ground, when it comes the the patriarchal arrangement in this society.

    These men put Betsy DeVos in charge of education. She's been rolling back education policy fast enough to make one's head spin. Among the things she rolled back is Title IX.

    Rape culture, sexism, and racism are the triumvirate that is the greedy American patriarchy. It is alive and defending itself by going on the offensive.

    The only victims here are women, whether they know it or not, minorities, and the LGBT community - male and female.

    No pity from this writer.

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    Rapists Have Tiger Moms, Too: Kavanaugh, Rape Culture and SCOTUS
    https://www.rimaregas.com/2018/09/22/rapists-have-tiger-mothers-too-kava...

  19. In a YouTube video, commenter, Big Joel, explains the first half hour of the movie "The Red Pill," on the topic of "victimized men." It is fascinating to see how Joel deconstructs the manner in which the victimization is presented. We see that same technique daily in the way conservatives present issues and exclude some of the most salient, obvious factors, in order to make their point.

    https://wp.me/p2KJ3H-2ZW

  20. Graham’s comment would be hilarious if it weren’t infuriating, false, disgusting. He sits on a committee with a majority, eleven white men running the show, and complains about feeling he’s been told to shut up. Which, notice, he did the extreme opposite of and won the battle and praise from his master, I mean, President. Lindsey, no matter how often you people are asked to shut up, the pity for our country is that you never, ever, do.

  21. “you people”. Really?

  22. @Dagwood.

    Sen. Graham has lost any credibility he previously enjoyed as an occasional straight shooter. His unhinged rant during the Kavanaugh hearing showed his true face, a contorted angry, phony outraged face.

  23. @Dagwood. re Sen Graham and many of the GOP, their real master is not Trump it is Putin......follow the $, that includes Mitch McConnel, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Rand Paul et etc. They are all involved in this destruction of our country because they are all on the take and deeply Kompromised ....just follow the NRA money.

  24. Of all people to complain about unfairness, Donald Trump is surely the worst mouthpiece.

    Not only was he raised in wealth and subsidized by his Dad to the tune of $413 million or more over the course of his privileged life, he has led a charmed life getting by with an lot of luck and good old-fashioned cheating.

    His nonstop whining about how bad he's had it as president makes me sick, frankly. Cry me a river, Mr. President.

    But the culture of victimization is really sick, and quite laughable if one can still laugh these days. I refused to watch Trump's prime-time ceremony for Kavanaugh--his third, I believe--where he "apologized" to him on behalf of the nation.

    He can count me out, frankly. Calling Kavanaugh a victim is tantamount to calling the bankrobber a victim for getting caught.

    I think, except for Trump's base, most Americans are finding this "claim the victimhood" and "poor me" kind of tiring.

    So let's give Trump something to really feel sorry about: vote out every Republican running for election or reelection in just under four weeks.

  25. @ChristineMcM Actually, what is tiring is all this endless hating on white men, hating on Trump, and hating on anyone who doesn't hate both Trump and white men.

  26. @ChristineMcM You appear to be convinced Kavanaugh is guilty. So based on what you say, if you were to be accused of something, you would not feel the least bit like a victim if your trial consisted of simple testimony before politicians and conviction by the roar of protestors and news media.

  27. @ChristineMcM Christine, I always enjoy reading your comments, they always hit the nail on the head in a civil manner. Please keep posting. We need every civil resistance comment we can get.

  28. “In January a PRRI/MTV poll of 15- to 24-year-olds found that 43 percent of young white men say discrimination against whites is as serious a problem as discrimination against other groups (29 percent of young white women agreed with them), and nearly half (48 percent) believe efforts to increase diversity will harm white people.”

    I think this is very open to interpretation. Is a single case of discrimination against a white person equally as serious as a single case of discrimination against a person of color? I would say yes if the goal is to have an equal society. Is discrimination against white people a serious problem at the societal level? Certainly not as it’s no where near common enough to qualify.

    Likewise efforts to increase diversity include a very wide range of possibilities and some of them could certainly hurt a percentage of white people. There have been court cases over things like racial quotas in Universities that were based on the harm they dealt to people who were denied spots due to those quotas. This is the sort of thing that will be very much on the mind of white 15 to 24 year olds. What universities currently practice is far less harmful and has actually stood up in court but again the way these questions are interpreted can have a huge impact on the result.

    I would be hesitant to trust those poll results as an indicator of white men thinking they’re being victimized...

  29. @Eric Yours is a voice of thoughtfulness and reason, a treat in this maelstrom of emotionalism and groupthink.

  30. Just because Trump has unleashed a "white male backlash" doesn't mean that white working class men haven't got legitimate gripes.

    He can scapegoat various groups all he wants, but the essential war is not white vs black, or male vs. female. It's rich vs poor.Thanks to de-industrialization and corporate-friendly trade deals, men have been suffering through decades of unemployment and underemployment, with many of the low-paying jobs trickling down to women who earn only 75 or 80 cents to the man's dollar. Reagan-style neoliberalism has destroyed labor solidarity, while the main measure of male self-esteem remains the ability to earn and consume.

    Young men are carefully taught to resent career women, "job-stealing" lmmigrants and minorities, and wealthy elites. Trump, with his co-option of populism in the service of elitism, has filled an emotional need that could have been filled by a strengthening and expansion of the New Deal, which instead has been whittled away by both establishment parties.

    With just a handful of progressives like (black and female) Maxine Waters chairing House committees in the event of a "blue wave," no wonder Trump hysterically warns that we're in danger of becoming Venezuela.

    The sick irony is that for all his whining about being treated unfairly, he was only able to rise to power because life truly has been unfair to too many people for way too long... black, white, brown, men, women and children.

    https://kmgarcia2000.blogspot.com/

  31. “...but the essential war is not black and white....”

    I am currently reading Jill Lapore’s ‘’These Truths”, a comprehensive history of the US that deals with the issue of race more forthrightly than any comparable volume I’ve read.

    Part of Mr. Blow’s essential claim, I believe, is that until we face our - white folks - original blindness, until we reckon with the institutional bias that remains baked into our culture, the simple fact is that our essential war IS black and white.

  32. @Karen Garcia

    I don’t think any young men are taught not to resent a “career minded woman” or the “immigrant or minority” who is stealing their jobs (?) or the wealthy elite. I don’t think they are taught decency, respect and much of anything.

    If they were taught ... college campuses would be safe havens for women to study as opposed to having to walk home via a buddy system or not get ruffied at a party.

    The immigrants and minorities are the ones that take jobs because no one else wants them. While farming is big business the labor force that picks apples, lettuce and more are immigrants and migrants. There are no white men or even white women picking crops.

    The wealthy elite are the Wall Street theives and those in Washington DC. that take money away from school programs, that charge insane interest rates on student loans, that are unwilling to provide health care to the people of this country. And are looking to take away benefits from the elderly because they can and they got theirs already. Put all these politicians into the Affordable Healthcare Act program and watch how the rules will change.

    If politicians were truly altruistic and concerned about the people of this country Trump would never have happened.

    What has happened is that everyone has an agenda. Everyone needs a lobbyist to be heard on Capital Hill. That elections are bought and sold. And that America is as corrupt as many of the countries we read about overseas.

  33. @Karen Garcia Thank you, Karen. The longer we fail to recognize this as class warfare, by the wealthy against everyone else, the deeper the hole we dig.

    I would add, however, that the resentment of 'wealthy elites' is natural and probably justified. The problem I see is that few Trump followers have an accurate picture of who those wealthy elites are. George Soros is often trotted out as an example of the Eastcoast Liberal Elite establishment--ignoring the fact that the vast majority of wealth elites are very conservative (and often deeply incompetent as well).

    This 'conservative machine' has succeeded in creating a nexus between professional women, minorities and immigrants and those wealthy elites. No such nexus exists in real life, but it gives them useful straw man.

    The solution: we must strive, as generations of progressives before us have admonished, to always be on the side of people that struggle to improve their lives. We can't ask them to be on our side if we're not on their side.

  34. Never did I think that we would have such an ignorant, spiteful and privileged pretender as the leader of our country. To hear him mock and denigrate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford reminds us of the other powerless people in pain he has set upon, such as the disabled reporter, the gold star family and the people of Puerto Rico.

    Now he’s whining about our unfairness to a man who will sit on the Supreme Court and have the power to decide which freedoms we are allowed to have or to keep, as he looks down on us from his high and privileged perch.

    This president, and the sycophants and cronies he surrounds himself with, will ensure that the resentments of underachieving white men will rule the day. And while they’re busy pumping their fists and praising the president, he’ll be picking their pockets and selling them down the river.

    His answer to the #MeToo movement is #OhYeah, with a smug look on his twisted face that is practically frozen into a sneer.

    This puny president cannot understand how pathetic he looks to most of the country, and to the rest of the world, especially as he tries to follow a smart and compassionate man like Barack Obama. So he occupies the stage with real tyrants, like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, who must find it difficult not to laugh at the leader of the free world, especially as he hosts Kanye West.

    November is looming. We need to send a message: #NoMore.

  35. @gemli-read my post.

    Trump voters range from the truly racist, anti semites, women haters (about 10% of them my estimate) to those who truly held their noses and voted for him on important issues like blue collar rust belt jobs to slave labor countries, obsessed identity politics, wall street going wild, no foreign wars etc.

    Trump quickly saw the opening and demagogued all the issues.

    You, Hillary and other identity politics east coast liberals completed the job and helped serve the ego maniac demagogue Trump on a silver platter to us.

    Don't make the same mistake twice. In 2018 and 2020 nominate moderate progressives who are in tune with what a majority of Americans want not what identity obsessed east coast liberals want.

    Learn from history or forever be condemned to repeat its worst mistakes.

  36. @gemli

    Who is "we"?

    In the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Presidential elections they aka the white voting majority sent a 55%, 59 % and 58 % message that took over both houses of Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    And they aka Julian Assange, James Comey, Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin have the dummy pet puppet pawn in the White House they wanted and still prefer.

    #ForEverMore? MAGA!

  37. @gemli

    Yes, Kanye West's visit to the Oval Office is reminiscent of the visits to Kim Jong-un by Dennis Rodman. What a world.

  38. "43 percent of young white men say discrimination against whites is as serious a problem as discrimination against other groups (29 percent of young white women agreed with them)." In other poll results the amount of young white men and women who would trade places with a minority remains at zero. Chris Rock said it best when he said "No white person would want to change places with me...and I'm rich.".

  39. @Rick Gage I wouldn't trade places with him, but I would with Beyonce!

  40. Bingo. No white person wants to be black; they know in their heart of hearts that it’s a raw deal. Yet, these same folks will tell you we’re past racism.

  41. Yes, we can add all these well-reasoned, documented points to the detritus that is Trumpism.

    And there is a solution - the only one we know - vote Democratic; straight ticket.

    Overwhelm the polls every minute they are open, the same way Very Stable Genius 45* overwhelms every news cycle, and all our legal processes.

    Friends don't let friends vote for GOP'ers.

  42. To the extent that Trump has a philosophy of life, it is surely that everything is a "zero sum game." That is his basic message to his base. If anyone different from you is getting ahead then you are losing. Somehow his base identifies with this real estate heir from New York City. That has been his political magic. Let us hope it starts to run out on election day this November.

  43. Charles says,

    "They’re saying, “Enough.” They will cede no more ground, they will share no more power, they will accommodate no more ascendancy and validation of the oppressed. That is what they are telling us, and they are speaking through Trump."

    I say, no they're not. They're just saying that unsubstantiated claims will not derail a Supreme Court nomination no matter how viral the left gets. Turn yourself inside out all you want but justice and common sense have prevailed.

  44. @Jimbo Nor will an unhinged, openly partisan, disrespectful, temperamentally unfit performance at a Senate hearing, apparently. Nor the lying under oath about his drinking and sexual activities. Nor the reservations of the ABA. Nor the urging of 2,400 law professors. Nor the list of 23 equally partisan judges waiting in the wings.

  45. @Jimbo #HimToo -- Indeed!?
    Where has it been that males, as a group, in the aggregate, have EVER been at risk for inappropriate, unwanted sexual behavior accusations?
    The behavior has ALWAYS been there, but not the responsibility for the behavior.
    Males need to 'man up' as it were, to make amends for the proclivity, the commonality of male sexual aggression toward females.

  46. @Jimbo, I observe that intemperate, offensive, blatantly partisan behavior in a job application hearing will not stop a white, male, fairly wealthy Republican Yale graduate from being granted a priceless opportunity. If that isn't white male upper-class privilege, what would be?

  47. Appropriating and claiming victimhood is a key strategy of reactionaries seeking to protect their status and power from those who have been denied and want to claim their rightful share. See "The Reactionary Mind" by Corey Robin. A lot of things made sense after I read that.

  48. Claiming victimization echoes Germany licking its wounds after the Treaty of Versailles and claiming its need to “break the chains” of its supposed painful abuse. More republican propaganda let loose.

  49. Trump should apologize for things he says and does - it's a neat trick never to apologize except when you are in position to do one on behalf no one in particular. Trump owes the people for whom he was creating an apology - an apology. Kavanaugh should be grateful for this.

  50. I agree with Mr. Blow's article and I agree with Barack Obama's assessments of Trump and Kanye West's actions.

    I read the article and a few of the comments. I wish some of the commenters would learn to read and understand what they read before commenting.

  51. @John
    Ok John, you can wish that but it won't get democrats into office. The comments represent what (stupid in your estimation) questions/concerns people have with the, now common, narrative structure used in this article.

  52. Another excellent opinion piece, Mr. Blow. Yet once again, you're preaching to the choir of the Democratic base, throwing them the liberal version of the same red meat that your counterparts at Fox News and the WSJ feed their base. And while this same strategy might well indeed strengthen each side's core supporters, it could
    also increase the size of one base over the other if it broke out of its own comfy bubble and began to speak directly to those most opposed to it. From now on, the name of the game must be introducing, then persuading and finally convincing those who automatically despise you to those who may now begin to understand you, what you stand for and how much common ground there really is. Perhaps this concept is naive and idealistic and obviously such a process can't happen overnight, but the sooner it begins, the better. Talking at or past one another is always a fool's game. Talking directly to one another is another game entirely. And that's a game that nobody seems to be playing right now. It's also a game that can appeal to swing voters who can make a big difference. What have you got to lose? Everybody wants their version of their country back. A true leader and a true leading party can bring those people together instead of dividing and conquering them.

  53. @Guido Malsh

    Exactly. Talk to each other. Preferably in person.

    The left in Germany made a serious mistake, by not taking "white male victimization anxiety" serious. You should, if you are serious about averting authoritarianism. Sorry, but two years into Trumpism your record at that is laughable.

  54. @Guido Malsh "A true leader and a true leading party can bring these people together instead of dividing and conquering them." I disagree. President Obama was a true leader and attempted to reach across the aisle. The Republicans decided day one that their only interest, their only goal, was--to quote Mitch McConnell--"make him a one-term president." They never gave him a chance and proved then that they have no interest in the welfare of our country and citizens--only in abject power for rich, white, privileged men. The Republican agenda throughout Obama's presidency was simple: obstruction.

  55. @Guido Malsh

    " you're preaching to the choir "

    I'm curious about this phrase. Most choir members I know join up because they're paid musicians, or because they like associating with other musicians. Not because they're particularly devoted to the minister's theology. But then, the Times seems to know little about religion, as seen from the fact that the Times only writes about evangelicals and Catholics..

  56. I want to be gracious but a line about chickens coming home to roost keeps coming to mind.
    And yet. Ultimately it's not a zero sum game. We all benefit when we elevate one another. Why is that so hard to see and why is there so much fear.

  57. In trying to understand Trump's swipes at Canada, I have hit on the optic that Trump does not like to stand next to a man (Justin Trudeau) who is in every way more of a heart throb, a man with a more interesting pedigree (son of Pierre and Margot), younger, nicer, more urbane etc etc When he stands next to Cavanaugh (see picture) he is not threatened by such comparisons.

  58. @Boomer

    And taller.

  59. @Boomer

    Trump also doesn't like it when the man he is standing next to is taller, as Trudeau is. Perhaps this is the source of his otherwise inexplicable and idiotic picking of fights with Canada. He JUST HATES IT that Trudeau is taller.

  60. @Boomer Trudeau is an embarrassment - see his 'cultural appropriation' dress up in India and his many politically correct but clueless and disconnected from reality statements (which he can make because he is insulated from their effects by his special pedigree and wealth). I don't think Trump has to worry about taking swipes at Trudeau at all.

  61. White men ARE losing ground! Even if they have achieved something due to their intelligence and hard work, they are being accused by others of only having gotten it due to their "white privilege". Young white males see black students in their high schools being admitted to colleges to which they applied and were rejected. Did I mention that these black students often had SAT scores that were 200-300 points lower than those of the rejected white student? And lower grades as well.

    My own husband was told multiple times when applying for a job as a secondary school math teacher with 30+ years of experience, that they hired a woman instead as they wanted the girls to see that they could also be good at math. What the heck did they think my husband had been telling his students in all the girls schools in which he had taught? Of course he thought girls could learn math and he made sure they did!

    My grandson was told that he had not deserved admission to the Ivy he is now attending as he as a "shoe-in white legacy". His grades, test scores and activities over the years apparently meant nothing.

    Racism comes in all forms. I am very tired of hearing people use the term "old white men" again in a way that clearly means they consider such to be the "lowest of the low". I recently heard someone commenting on TV (no remembrance of what channel or show) that said the Constitution of the US is "obsolete" because it was written by "old white men".

    Give me a break...

  62. @India I carefully re-read the article. You should too. Nowhere does Blow state that SOME white men are NOT losing ground. Or that some situations are not to an extent zero sum. I say TOUGH. I've seen more than few incompetent blacks hired in my field, though not women. I say the process of correcting centuries old wrongs inevitably leads to to temporary inequities. Not doing so can be even worse than doing so. But overall white men (of whom I am one) are still in the driver's seat in our society. And by the way, California, one of the deepest of deep blue states, is one of the few states that, by law, forbids affirmative action in college admission. C'mon out; you'll be welcome here.

  63. @India, you sure are whining. I'm a white male in a comfortable situation and if anyone says (which no one has) I only got there because I'm a white male, my answer would be that "only" is wrong but it's true I had the advantage of being white and male compared to equally capable people who were not and consequently didn't do as well. I never took advantage of this on purpose and I was never aware of it; it was the way the system worked. I'm a professor; some women my age were still being actively rejected from the path to a professorship when I was a student, and even later. I didn't do it, but they were prevented from getting the chance at my comfortable job. That is what white male privilege means. You don't notice it, but the ones without it do notice.

  64. @India "White men ARE losing ground! " I don't know if you realized it but inherent in your statement is that white men had the ground to begin with. I agree that there are inequities in attempting to get to equality but surely you must admit that most white have enjoyed a privilege up until very recently and some would say they still do.

  65. "Trump is on a campaign to Make America’s white men feel Great Again."

    It's not working. Not for me.

    I'm as white as Kavanaugh and Trump and just as male. A bit older than the lying judge and younger than the lying president.

    Not one of Trump's 628 days in office nor the spectacle of Kavanaugh's calculated, partisan rant, has made me feel one bit better about myself, my country, or the 40+% of Americans, and the strong majority of older white males, who approve of Trump and the G.O.P.s trashing of American ideals.

    I'd like to offer a solid perspective on the beliefs of the majority of my demographic but I cannot. I just cannot understand where all the fear, anger, and lack of empathy comes from.

    Mr. Blow writes: "They’re saying, “Enough.” They will cede no more ground, they will share no more power, they will accommodate no more ascendancy and validation of the oppressed. That is what they are telling us, and they are speaking through Trump."

    Maybe that is correct. Maybe there is a more subtle point. I don't know. I just can't hear what they are saying as it's drowned out by all their childish whining, lies, and mean-spiritedness.

  66. Silencing people on the basis of their race, class, gender, etc, is ignorant and dangerous. It's time to put away the "strategic essentialism" of the 1980s and return to the important critiques that were in play at that time, including deconstructing rather than proliferating essentialism.

  67. Given the history of the human race, women have been subjugated since the beginning of our evolution, but some progress has been made since women began getting higher educations. Think "force majeur". Those educations meant that they have qualified for jobs previously held by men--women just didn't work outside the home in the first half of the 20th century.

    Now men, some of whom have little education or training, are having trouble finding jobs--so they're blaming it on uppity women. And I guess testosterone fuels rage. Rather than wondering if they might make themselves more qualified, these men get angry. And now they have their role model in the White House.

  68. @Elizabeth Bennett - Some of these unsuccessful men have their role model in Bernie Sanders, they are sitting at home waiting for a self described "socialist" to come and save them. One guy I know also blamed "feminism" for the lack of good paying jobs.

  69. Everything that Trump and his Republican stooges say is the direct opposite of the truth. Everything they erroneously accuse the Democrats of doing is precisely what they themselves do every day in plain sight of everyone.

    It's so transparent it would be laughable (and in the UN general assembly, it literally was laughable)... if it wasn't for the 40% of American voters who keep lapping it up.

  70. at the heart of this is the aching dread that perhaps without their advantages they wouldn't be able to keep up

  71. Oh, we’re not worried about that. What people don’t understand is that we’ve been racing against each other for a very, very long time—since the beginning of time actually.

    And we’ve always played hard, throughout most of history to the death, if necessary.

    People think of rich white males as some chummy club where we just sit around and hand out jobs, raises, big bonuses, perks and privileges to each other.

    The truth is anything but that. Most white men will stab another white man in the back (figuratively) if it means a promotion, and the greater the stakes the more brutal the fight.

    Regardless of race, color, creed or gender, if you want to compete for the heights of power and wealth you need to learn how to play the game at its harshest and brutalist.

    I’m not saying you should do that, no one ever said the ruthless pursuit of fame and fortune was a good thing, but that is how it’s always been achieved and kept.

    I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. It’s human nature.

  72. Must everything at all times be filtered through some identity prism? I realize these arguments against whites and men are the default settings for any diagnosis of society's ills nowadays. Slogans such as "white male privilege" have seeped out of the academy and polluted common discourse to the point where no other mode of analysis need be consulted. It's a kind of skeleton key that unlocks every difficult political problem. It's rather tedious. And not productive of much beyond signalling one's splendid unprivileged otherness.

  73. What we have learned in the last week (actually it has been confirmed because many, including Hillary in the debates) is how little Trump earned of his fortune. His class and racial privilege made his life very easy. Yet, he cries victimhood at the first slight. Has a president ever been so thin-skinned? But I think the continual attacking of Trump doesn't help Democrats. Yes they should speak out about the big, human rights issues (separating babies from their parents) but they should not respond to all the vulgar, insipid tweets Trump creates every day. They should focus on what many Republicans and Democrats care about: Social security, medicare, health care, the economy, etc. This country is center left. Most citizens agree with the democrats on all the big issues. Democrats don't need to get distracted by a personality war because they will lose again.

  74. I am a married White male and am fully aware of my "White Privilege" and "Male Privilege". It's there. It's real. And from the scions of society, to the unemployed coal miner in Appalachia, we all have it. Think not? How many unemployed working class White men pick up their butts and travel hundreds or thousands of miles to find ANY job the way the Latin migrant, both legal and illegal do? Their grandfathers and great-grandfathers did it in the 30's. My grandfather did it, sending money home. The Latinos and Asians do it, sending money home, too.

    But their "White Privilege" makes them too proud to do the same. Instead, they get angry and shout "UNFAIR!"

    Despite being college-educated I have two blue-collar trades I used to support myself before the white-collar jobs came along. And I moved from upstate NY to the South for a blue-collar job. My siblings, also college-educated, have blue-collar skills THEY used to support themselves before they got their white-collar jobs. Because we were taught that the only dirty job is one where the dirt doesn't wash off. Because it's not on your skin but on your soul.

    If I can use my White Male Privilege to undermine racism and sexism, I'll do my best. Until the day it's gone, if I live that long.

  75. Bless you.

  76. @Dadof2 - Powerful! Bravo

  77. White men feel left behind because they now have to compete for things they got for free before. They assume this is oppression because they do not understand the nature of oppression. If a group is entitled and that entitlement is becoming eroded because others are realizing their strength, that is not oppression; that is the basic seed of fairness and meritocracy (which, ironically, white men have "hid" behind and pretended to be justice warriors for in the past). White men need to stop whining and step up their game.

  78. Most white men have gotten very little “for free” in their life. Most white men have worked very hard for everything they’ve achieved.

  79. Club Trump is composed of selectively vetted members. The inititiation criteria: bombastic, limited experience, questionable integrity, and a sense of anger and outrage worthy of an Academy Award.
    These are the types of men who deny, among many other things, that there are endangered species. They cannot fathom that sooner rather than later they will be the next addition to the list.

  80. We should be concentrating more on wealth and class than race bait. It's a diversionary tactic to keep us all down, arguing amongst ourselves rather than fighting the 1% ruling class and their political minions. There's only one color that matters to them and it's not white, it is green.

  81. Feminism has a white people problem. They focus exclusively on white women problems, but refuse to look at their own kind as a large part of that problem, like the 53% who voted for Trump. My guess is that a larger percent would have voted for Trump, had it not been so (already) obvious in 2016 that he was utterly unhinged.

    The rest of the population is reading these hearings differently: white patriarchy and the white women who support it explicitly and implicitly are BOTH the problem. That is a very large part of the population, and it is not just people who support the GOP.

  82. @FurthBurner

    so, are you just trying to do your own "divide and conquer" here? I genuinely don't understand why anyone who is serious about change in our society wants to ensure that white feminists and people of color cannot join together to get rid of both racism and the patriarchy. Posts like yours, insisting it can never happen and studded with made up facts to support that argument, mystify me. 53% of white women who voted, voted for Trump. That's not actually 53% of all white women; most people don't bother to vote. And I don't know what feminists you are reading, but these days, I rarely see a feminist tract that doesn't mention race and women of color as an important part of the quest to end patriarchy, and racism. My question is this: what do YOU get out of ensuring white feminists and people of color aren't seen as working together? It's not "fixed" or without flaws, but I heard Anita Hill's name mentioned as often as Blasey Ford's these past few weeks. What did you hear?

  83. Trump certainly stands for white male privilege feeling aggrieved and threatened. But he is also willing to play ANY card about what he sees as unfairness to him. It is so unfair for women to accuse him of sexual assault, so unfair for people who were defrauded by Trump University to sue him, so unfair for Democrats to want to see his tax returns, so unfair for Sessions to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation even though he was legally obliged to, and NOTHING is more unfair to Trump than the Mueller investigation. It is the most unfair thing that has ever happened to anyone anywhere in history. And Mitch McConnell just agreed with Trump’s big pity party. He calls any media or special counsel search for the truth by a new term: it’s presidential harassment. And it is so unfair.

  84. All the poor beleaguered millionaires and billionaires have my sympathy, but not much of it.

  85. It is a truly amazing time to be alive. Society today has never been more equal in history. Minority groups are rising in influence and taking a stand for themselves.

    For much of our history, society was dominated by white men. They simply had the numbers to win elections and stay influential in politics. However, the last century has brought about a rapid change. Mass immigration has brought in waves of new people from different ethnic groups and backgrounds. As these people took root in society, white men began to lose their prominence.

    Today minorities and women are beginning to take power and white men are losing the dominance they used to have. How ironic it is that the very system that they designed to stay in power is now taking their power away. White men are losing ground. They took advantage of their priveleged positions in soceity and are now paying the price. Women are coming forward with their stories. People are going to the polls to vote. Minorites have overtaken white men in society.

    The reaction of many white men to these changes is rather comical. One would expect that a senator would speak with some dignity or grace, however; Lindsey Graham has all but proved that dignity is nowhere to be found. White men all around are whining like two year olds. Having taken their privelege for granted, some people are bound to wake up angry that society has moved on without them. Maybe they should follow their conservative principles- get a job and stop complaining.

  86. @Liam
    A little heavy on prose and light on evidence. For example, even IF you could demonstrate that our political system was designed for the primary purpose of keeping white men in power, it would only be ironic if you could show the features that resulted in this are now producing what they were intended to prevent. Where's the support for any of this? Isn't it just rhetoric? It's not ironic if something just stops functioning.

  87. @Liam. I assume that Sen Graham is a gay man, and as a gay man he should be hyper aware of the bias and hatred against him and the LGBTQ community. When will he speak up for the rights of minorities & women? He is part of that suppressed minority group after all. His behavior has been shameful...wonder what his friend John McCain would say about this dramatic change in Lindsey? Something opened to make him flip out....I suspect he is also kompromised, follow the NRA $ would be a start.

  88. @Liam

    Sen Lindsey Graham spoke with more dignity and passion than any Senator since the one who stood up to Joe McCarthy and asked 'have you no shame sir'. I was as proud of him as I could be.

  89. I think that's all true. I grew up in a massively multi-cultural environment. Only ~20% of my high school class was white. I had best friends across races and ethnicities. I didn't see them as different. When I voted for our class president, I didn't see an Asian refugee from Vietnam, he was just a person, a friend. It was only later in life, constantly running across tribal politics, "reverse discrimination," and worst of all, empowered women literally telling me to "shut up" (why is it women think they can get away with things that men can't? A man wouldn't dare act that way without expecting to get knocked out) that I flipped. I now feel that I've been raised like a lamb for slaughter. If people want to play tribal/identity politics, then be prepared for the white male tribe to defend itself. It's a shame. I hate to say that. But what do you expect?

  90. Those white men need to look in the mirror and ask: do I need a wage for my job, so that I can survive w/o food stamps, do I need adequate, affordable health care and do I need a secure retirement? They need to understand that the GOP are there for the 0.001% BUT NO ONE ELSE.

  91. The fact this article exists, not to mention some of the comments, speaks to the fact there is some truth to the topic. Racial profiling misandrists have become the trend among some of the liberal culture. I tire hearing groups described as a collection of "rich, white men" as though it were a pejorative. I tire of hearing of "white privilege" as though it were a birth defect. I'm white, and I worked my way through school as a janitor. I'm offended by the term.

    Stereotyping and profiling is disgusting no matter the target group. But, carry on. I'm a white man--the enemy of polite society.

  92. @Dan, I agree that you didn't have it easy. The black man in your position had it harder. The biggest problem is the greedy billionaires and near-billionaires who control the Republican party and our government. They are sucking the money out of the rest of us and leaving us to stew in racial and gender divisions (promoted by them instead of seizing back government and the money they won't pay their workers. Only look at the mortgage they took out on the future in the December "tax reform", with us the payees.

  93. @Dan
    I find your response puzzling. Why do you think that government by "rich white men" is stereotyping you and other white men?
    I'm a white woman, not rich, but I encountered barriers back in the 1960s that were the result of discrimination against people like me. It was a shock to realize that those barriers existed.
    Even given the history of overt discrimination against white females, we still have had advantages over blacks and other minorities. How can we speak against that kind of stacked deck without offending you?
    It seems to me that looking at what Donald Trump says and does is evidence of a problem. Firing up the sense that white men are being attacked and treated unfairly is no solution to the problem.
    Hate and fear are powerful political tools. I'm seeing attack ads here in Central NY appealing to both by Republican candidates. Yes, both sides do it, but Democrats have never been as effective at using those particular tools as Republican are.
    It might begin if you recognize that women have authentic reasons to be angry. It might continue if you recognize that blacks have even more reasons for anger and frustration.
    I think you may be misunderstanding that the anger and frustration is directed at you personally. You might ask yourself if there's a reason Donald Trump and that Republican PR machine wants you to feel as you do.
    I'm not angry at white men. The people I love are mostly white men. I do get frustrated when I encounter their assumptions.

  94. I agree with objections to Kavanaugh (because of his outrageous behavior) and to Trump’s strategy of stoking grievances; however, the media (including you Charles) and politicians must STOP generalizing about ALL white men and ALL people of color and ALL women. Please stop. If dems lose in November it will be in no small part because of this type of generalizing rhetoric. Alienation as a result of such rhetoric happens in an instant, often at an unconscious level. Don’t underestimate that. Always consider that there are outliers within the groups you’re describing who wish to be respected and also allied (perhaps with risk) with likeminded folks.

  95. @PoliticalTango Surely you must recognize that, indeed, ALL white persons in Amerikka benefit from being white, due to the institutionalized racism on which this country was founded and continues to be built. And, as a direct analog, ALL men benefit from being male because of the institutionalized patriarchy. It isn’t about your own personal behavior or ethics. The problems are systemic, and one loses or wins based on qualities over which they have absolutely NO control.

  96. @PoliticalTango

    "generalizing about ALL white men and ALL people of color and ALL women. "

    This is the poisonous legacy of identity politics. It treats people has part of groups ( and assumes that they share the attributes of the groups) instead of acknowledging that they are individuals.

  97. @PoliticalTango

    How would you stop generalizing, would you say 15% of white males in Georgia feel their majority of whiteness going away, that they may get a dose of what they've been dealing out for decades. There is no way not generalize.

  98. respectfully, lumping everyone in a group really does make you the same as the other side. and i’m well acquainted with the counterarguments as well as the gaslighting that this is in essence defensiveness. those believers are largely the sheltered and sadly give credence to the other side’s charges of elitism. way to lose ‘18 and ‘20.

  99. Trump is not representative of anybody but himself. He manipulates people and while they think that he appreciates them and their concerns, he does not. But to what they respond is important.

    There is concern about policies that are intended to achieve equity that give a slight edge to designated underrepresented minorities. Most of it is due to all the discussion about it more than the significance of it’s impact. Fear of the unknown is always exaggerated. The opportunities for everyone to get ahead are not enough for the people who want to. Only the most highly skilled jobs are not being filled quickly these days. Relative affluent young people are worried and any policies that they perceive to be limiting them cause a lot of concern. They don’t really see how much worse it is for poor young people who received worse educations and have even fewer resources.

    This country has not grown fast enough to satisfy everybody’s needs since the early 1970’s. The attempts to change this by increasing the flow of capital has just caused more and more wealth to concentrate into fewer hands but it has not improved domestic economic expansion. That is the real source of people’s insecurities. Resolve that and the rest becomes easier to correct.

  100. How ironic that a man who has had every privilege imaginable should cry victimhood and be able to persuade so many others, who in fact have some claim to having been treated unfairly, that he is on their side.

    The two things, however, that his money and all the trickery in the world will never give him are character and intellect.

  101. Charles Blow goes too far when he suggests that white males cannot feel pain when they are falsely accused of attempted rape. Why is that blacks can feel the pain of discrimination and not whites? Blow's essay suggests that we can never reach a society in which individuals are evaluated on their merits, that there will always be a residual necessity to destroy the lives of white males to compensate for slavery that ended 150 years ago, or other perceived discrimination that occurred in the past.

    The real danger here is that principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights become watered down to satisfy the agendas of Black Lives Matter, or of feminist groups who see all men as rapists. We are replacing the old forms of racism with new ones. The assumption seems to be that since they enjoy white male privilege they cannot hurt when falsely accused. Or perhaps that false accusations are impossible because women can never lie.

    For all my life I've been a Democrat and considered myself a liberal. But lately the demands for political correctness have gone too far. Racism is not the most important problem confronting American society.

    There are other problems. For example, the US still does not have universal health care, unlike Canada and Great Britain. Many of the poor and middle class in the US see their standards of living falling.

    Tearing down statues of Robert E Lee does not create jobs, it does not provide the poor with cancer screenings.

  102. "Racism is not the most important problem"--to you, I would imagine that's true. People who experience it every day might have a different perspective. I would also say that racism is a big part of why we can't have decent social benefits like single payer healthcare. Many Americans are determined to oppose anything that might benefit "those people," even if it means that they don't benefit either. Racism, sexism, abusive capitalism--they are all pieces of the same problem.

  103. @Jake Wagner, you seem to be a thoughtful person. The general questions you raise are good ones and the "other problems" you mention are serious problems. I think you're missing some factual information.

    Blow never says "that white males cannot feel pain when they are falsely accused of attempted rape." I haven't seen any "assumption ... that since they enjoy white male privilege they cannot hurt when falsely accused."

    I do agree that accusations have sometimes led to bad consequences too quickly, or without verification. But the real-life problem *usually* is women's accusations being ignored or denied too quickly or without investigation. Look at the Kavanaugh case for the Republican reaction: denial, and no serious investigation. (By the way, I find Kavanaugh disqualified because of his extreme partisanship and offensive behavior in the hearing, not because of a possible offense 30 years ago.)

    You write "Why is that blacks can feel the pain of discrimination and not whites?" Answer: They don't suffer the discrimination. Many personal stories here at the Times have been demonstrating that black Americans feel discrimination every day, in one way or another. It's little things, often, but they are constant. That is what racial discrimination means, when it doesn't break out in something big.

    Black Lives Matter is not about watering down the Bill of Rights. They want it applied to everyone, not just police.

  104. It is irresponsible and inaccurate to introduce race into this conversation. How many privileged African American athletes have been accused of - and denied - assault against women? Do we need to go into Bill Cosby? Their reaction when confronted is no more or less appropriate than that of white men. There is enough discord without artificially inflating it to suit Mr. Blow’s preferred agenda. On the contrary I think it is obvious that this issue is one that transcends race.

  105. @FNL
    And the rampant misogyny in rap lyrics totally gets a pass.

  106. The irony is that only one side thinks this is a zero-sum game.

    Liberals and feminists are saying: let's have a common set of standards so that being male, white, or propertied doesn't just automatically give you more authority and protection. That's NOT a zero-sum.

    But it is only reactionary conservatives and resentful men who are saying: no, it is unacceptable to change the status quo in which "good" men like Kavanaugh are presumed in advance to have more credibility, and more inherent claim on positions of power––never mind the bad actions in a man's past.

    Unfortunately, this isn't a cerebral public debate. This is a genuine struggle about whether women and people of color will have the same credibility in disputes, all else being equal.

  107. So - from what I’ve been able to lay hold in my mind, lately - women, men, people of color and white men and women are suffering from victimization anxiety and losing ground. Which other gatherings of people aren’t suffering from victimization anxiety and aren’t losing ground? There are none left! So, all of us are suffering from victimization anxiety and are losing ground. Sounds like an ordinary life, to me.

  108. Well said, Life on Earth.

  109. Interestingly, Trump also represents undereducated white men or white men who feel embarrassed by their (lack of) education. You can tell that this is a sore point with him because he is constantly making statements such as "I'm like really smart" and "my IQ is one of the highest". He also has to bring up his education at the "Wharton School of Finance", but neglects to mention that he was there for only two years as a transfer undergraduate student. This incessant crowing suggests someone who doesn't quite believe that he is all that smart or well educated.

    I suspect his hatred of Obama was related not just to Obama's racial background, but also to Obama's clear intelligence. Obama never had to mention his IQ, college, law school, or time as a Harvard constitutional law professor. Obama's erudite statements, graciousness, and demeanor spoke for themselves.

    White and Uneducated Male Victimization

  110. @HN Yeah, somebody who boasts as much as Trump is definitely hiding and overcompensating for something. Maybe he took an IQ test and found out that he scored a 97. Maybe he was doing well in school to get C's. Maybe he's been struggling with dyslexia all of his life. And I am willing to guess that getting into Wharlton didn't make him nearly as proud as he would have been if he'd been accepted to Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford or Berkeley. I mean, don't they offer business courses?

  111. @HN Obama is also married to a highly educated, intelligent woman who actually loves him. She did not have to sign a financial or non-disclosure agreement upon marrying him, either. The fact that Trump has to pay women to live with him and then pay them to go away and be quiet must be another prickly thorn in his side along with his lack of class, dignity, eloquence, education and intelligence.

  112. Trump has sunk to new lows, even by his standards. He declared that Kavanaugh was the victim of a "hoax" pulled off by "evil" people. That was outrageous, even for him, to concoct a lie that Dr. Ford was lying as a participant in a Democratic conspiracy. And the use of "evil" is beyond irresponsible - "evil" dehumanizes human beings. And dehumanizing opens the door to real evil.

  113. I agree, although it is hard to tell if Trump as reached a new low as he was already so low, so extreme. I am 83 yr old white woman and I demonstrated on the steps of the Supreme Court—because of Kavanaugh s rage at being questioned and Trump’s indifference and his mockery of Dr. Ford. It takes a lot to break through a lifetime of trying to be polite and reasonable and scream at injustice. But by no means were the women and men who were demonstrating “mob.”

  114. @NM

    "....dehumanizing open the door to real evil."

    Which is currently squatting in the White House, and serving as the Majority Leader in the Senate.

  115. You say it’s not a zero-sum game in a piece mocking Trump and white men for fearing loss of status — which makes it feel like a zero-sum game. If all you ever do is mock the bloc of white men, you appear to be tacitly hoping for our demise.

    As a white man: it’s wonderful to see women and people of various colors and ethnicities grow in status. But this is often accompanied by intense anti-white vitriol, as often seen here at the Times. So don’t be surprised if we are concerned. You can love the other sex and other races and still be concerned about the hatred directed at your skin color, white or otherwise.

  116. @Cuernavaca Andalusia Your comment really sort of proves Blow's point. Where in this article is there hate for "white men?" Read what he actually wrote. He is criticizing a form of behavior, and metality not a race or gender. Did he write "white people are bad" or "men are bad" anywhere? He's talking about Trump and allies stirring up a mentality that if somebody else gets ahead in this country, it necessarily comes at the expense of white men. But somehow you see yourself as a victim of Charles Blow's article.

  117. @Cuernavaca: Perhaps your concern about the hatred directed at white privileged will help you understand how people of colour and women have felt for decades and decades.

  118. @Cuernavaca Andalusia
    What hatred has been directed at you? Please explain. I get that you may feel that way, but is it something tangible that has been directed at you by others?

  119. It's not just victimization anxiety. It's jealousy. They see some white men, like Trump and Kavanaugh, who party their way through life and wind up with everything going their way, and they want to be like that. When they see a minority or a woman getting status, power or wealth, that's a catastrophe, even if the minority or woman is deserving of it. There's an entitlement mentality at work here too.
    Fortunately, I think most white men aren't like this. But those that are have congealed in the Republican Party. They think, act and vote as a bloc, marching in lockstep. And so really, the only thing that can be done is to vote them and their party out, and then wait for some signs of reality to set in on their part. I actually don't want to reject conservative white men as a whole--they're people like the rest of us. But there has to be at least some sign that they recognize that the people who are victimizing them are they themselves.

  120. They can rage, and stomp, and scream, and storm, and bully, and bluster, and blame, and whine, and cry.

    In the end, it won't work.

    They can't stop change.

  121. But we DO live in zero sum world.

    Our 75 years of (relative) peace and unbridled prosperity has blinded us to our history: one largely of bottomless desperation amidst vicious competition. As the 20th century order frays, we are regressing to the norm.

    It is perplexing that Mr. Blow can't understand that the 2008 crisis laid bare the fact that our wealth and stability is fleeting and Americans are hyper sensitive to threats to our individual power/standing.

    The slogan "The Future is Female" is all you need to know - where do the men fit into this future?

  122. @Arturo
    I have a son and a daughter. My husband and I told them both to get an education. If the future is female, it’s because more females are getting an education.

  123. @Arturo

    Democrats believe it is a zero sum world. It's not.

    It is a pessimist philosophy of victimization. They are not likely to reclaim the voters they've lost by asserting they are victims.

  124. @Arturo You are wrong about it being a zero sum game. As someone on the internets pointed out about rights being obtained by women, minorities, LGBT, - "It's not cake." We will not run out of slices of "rights."

  125. When you've only known generations of privilege, the threat of losing it feels like prejudice and hate.

  126. @Stephen Collingsworth

    You describe Ford.

  127. Perhaps reading the pieces by David French and Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic today would be in order before assuming with a high degree of confidence that you’re correctly reading the minds of white males. And as is often the case, rereading Joan Didion’s 1991 essay about the Central Park Five on the dangers of determining truth based on the narrative needs of a time and place might be in order.

    I’m a white guy. I’ve been looking for a political home for purposes of national politics since 1980. Why can’t we compromise and settle on a politics and morality based on the idea that all are created equal and entitled to dignity, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; a rule of law based on due process and equal protection of the laws (with equal protection meaning among other things that credible accusations of unlawful conduct are fairly investigated as fully as necessary without regard to the race, creed, gender, or wealth of the accuser or accused); determining questions of fact as best and as honestly as we can; and well-regulated capitalism?

  128. @Jack Why can't we, indeed? I would venture to guess that the biggest impediment is powerful white rich men - and their errand boys like Kavanaugh - who like things just as they are, or even more in their favor, thank you very much. They bought this government fair and square, the main objective of the Reagan Restoration.

    You didn't really expect altruism and higher principles out of this bunch, did you? They aren't the Founding Fathers. They aren't really Americans, anymore. They're part of an ever-powerful and corrosive extranational oligarchy. It's no wonder that Trump is more loyal to Russian thug oligarchs than to America - they're fellow thieves, after all, and they may own a big piece of him. (And they're restored Judeo-Christians - these aren't your father's Russians, big-C Communist and atheistic.)

    Well-regulated capitalism?! You some kinda commonist, son?!

    Bearer, more Scotch! Chop, chop!

  129. @Jack My goodness you sound like a Democrat. Those are exactly what we've been fighting for all along.

  130. If all the police who stereotype people by race were profiling people of races different from themselves, it would be plausible to attribute this to racism. Otherwise it becomes unclear as to what is happening. It is unclear as to what is happening. Race is involved but how?

    Police are drawing conclusions based upon biased sampling of their experiences. Part of is that they see more of the bad that people do than almost everyone else. Part of it is that nearly everyone who are confronted by police lie beyond reason. Part of it that lower income neighborhoods all have more crime. So police are in these places in greater numbers confronting more people than in quieter places. There is the disproportional rates of lower income correlated with race. It means that police can perceive greater likelihood of criminal activity associated with race.

  131. @Casual Observer: Out of 987 fatal police shootings in 2017, 940 of the victims were male. Of the total, 457 were white and 223 were black. (Feel free to Google— the US doesn’t track police shootings very well, but all the numbers are pretty close to these).

    The takeaway?

    Per capita, being black is more dangerous than being white.

    But that difference is overwhelmed by the fact that being male is nearly 25 times as dangerous as being female.

    So sure, look at race. But gender is a much greater issue.

  132. @Casual Observer

    Kavanaugh was accused by a white woman of privilege, whose high school yearbooks demonstrate that for three years after her alleged assault she continued to attend house parties that were unsupervised by adults.

    Her most vivid memory is of people laughing, not of her supposed near death experience. Per her story, she abandoned her best friend alone with rapists rather than warning her and has no recollection of who drove her home. If her story were true, it would mean she is a more worthless human being than she accuses Kavanaugh of being.

  133. This is a world wide phenomenon and it doesnt just apply to white males. Its a bit dangerous to make the mistake of thinking it does. And this is part of a long term global disruption.

    For centuries the west has enjoyed higher living standards than the rest of the world, for very many reasons. Globalisation means that across the world, albeit unevenly, living conditions will head towards a global mean. For developing countries that means living standards will rise. Obviously how and when they rise will depend on a lot of factors specific to individual nation states. But on the other hand it means that countries with living standards above that global mean are likely to see their living standards drop. Those at the bottom will be largely unaffected - they were already below that global mean. But those above it, but not far from it, will find their living standards falling. And thats exactly what is happening.

    So far so good. But psychologists have determined that people have an inbuilt mechanism where they resent losing things - such as living standards - far more than they resent never having had those things. That means that the fall in living standards to that global mean is going to create a backlash among those above that global mean that is bigger and more intense than the backlash among those who are already below that mean (and in those countries whose living standards are below the mean the living standards are generally rising anyway).

  134. And I would add, the one key determination of living standards - locally and comparatively - is wages. And wages is where the globalisation movement (which I support, by the way) has fatally let itself down. Because if one country can ruthlessly exploit its workers in order to compete on standard free trade principles then that will be unfair to both those workers and the foreign workers who are priced out as a result. Wages is the fatal flaw in the free trade argument. China has ruthlessly exploited its workers to get to where it is now but - and this is a crucial point - foreign businesses, like Walmart and Apple - have been a key driver of that exploitation. For short term gain the exponents of intyernational trade - china and the rich employers of the west - have effectively destroyed free trade as a viable widely accepted public good.

    Anyone who believes in free trade and globalisation should realise that "free trade' needs to be managed much better than it has been if it is to grow and the world is to prosper from it. In particular, wages for exporters need to be either higher than those in the importing country or they need to be within a reasonable comparative band. Only in that way can true competition and comparative advantage - that doesnt rely on exploitation of workers in the export and import countries - be achieved. Thats the true long term solution to this problem.

  135. @Dave, there is plenty of money for wages to rise but the billionaire class has taken all of it. And I mean all. Many economists have noticed, including Times columnist Paul Krugman.

  136. @Dave
    I remember photos of China in the late 70’s. The air was clean and there were far more bicycles on the roads than automobiles.
    I would not say that their standard of living has improved. I would not say that ours has, either, now that workers are expected to be available 24/7 because the technology makes it possible.
    My grandfather drove a truck from about 1910-1960. He raised 4 sons. My grandmother did not work outside the home. Her days were filled with childcare and housework, but her family ate fresh bread and fresh meat or fish every day (she used canned vegetables when fresh were not in season.). This was in NYC, not out in the hinterlands.
    I don’t think there’s anyone with their education (ended with 8th grade) and jobs today who could live as well as they did 75 years ago. I guess it comes down to how you define living standards.

  137. Casual observer has it exactly right. Trump's strategy of playing groups off against others serves only to boost his ego and to secure his power. It ignores the underlying problem. Our economy is fundamentally flawed when real income has not risen since the 70's. Small wonder that wage earners of all races and genders are feeling threatened. But rather than address these problems head on and rather than threaten the position of the truly rich of which he is one, Trump has chosen a divide and conquer strategy. I am not sure what troubles me more, that he has dared to go down this road or that we have fallen for it.

  138. We live in a society where women and people of color don't get equal pay, equal opportunity, or equal protection under the law. There are many white men who aren't threatened by a more equal society, but others apparently are.
    Polling data in July showed 56% of white men favoring Republicans and 38% Democrats. White women supported Democrats by 52%, Republicans by 38%. And Trump's approval rating among nonwhites is 20%.
    Mr. Blow's analysis of the reason for these differences in support makes a lot more sense than any other explanation. Trump presents a cartoon version of a dominant successful white man, making him an appealing leader to those who are fearful about losing privilege that is based on race and gender.

  139. @Cayce Jones
    Well put. This 'him too' backlash is about some entitled men (I'm NOT saying all men) who can't tolerate criticism or give ground on anything. These men DO need to give up some things -- like snatching microphones from women's hands (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/duane-quam-microphone_us_5bbd911ce4... ). Any politician who is too old to learn how to do things differently needs to retire... quickly.

  140. It fits in with Trump's politics of selfishness (and his love of Ayn Rand). In Rand's books, the oppressors are always the victims - the more wealthy and powerful they are, the more victimized. Nothing is their fault.

    On the other hand, the oppressors have nothing but contempt for human frailty. It disgusts them and they believe such humans should be crushed and exterminated. Remind you of anyone?

  141. You believe Trump reads Rand, or even knows who she is? I'm doubtful that he's ever read Charles Schultz. If you ask him, Trump would probably say Charlie Brown was an ”illegal” from Mexico who attempted to Americanize his name.

  142. @LibertyNY Good point, but I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a word of Ayn Rand, or anyone else, for that matter.

  143. @LibertyNY. I hugely doubt that Trump loves Ayn Rand. Trump has probably never read any of his books.

  144. You see lagging test scores,lower high school graduation rates. Fewer undergraduate and graduate degrees as a percentage awarded to men for the last 30 years. Lower rates of employment. Higher rates of incarceration.
    There are real reasons for male anxiety.

  145. @Lawrence: Higher rates of incarceration for white men? Is that true?

    Fewer degrees as a percentage? Is that a problem?

    Lower rates of employment and worse jobs: THAT is a real problem.

  146. @Lawrence
    Nationally, about 5 percentage points fewer white male students and 3 percentage points fewer Asian male students graduate than their respective female students.

    It's not their fault.

  147. As a liberal - who is deeply troubled by the polarization and rage directed at the left I am increasingly alarmed by the total inability for people with different points of view to sit down calmly and exchange rationale ideas. There are surely some Republicans left capable of discussion and debate without devolving into using low level Trump slogans. But my fellow liberals need to be better, too. We need to stop shutting down dialogues by weaponizing terms like racist and privileged. We need to encourage and embrace people who are trying to be allies (Taylor Swift, Bette Middler) rather than critique all the ways they aren't doing enough and should have worded their statements better. It's so counterproductive and alienating - and we have enough of that in this country. I am sure this comment will be met with all kinds of attacks - which only further underscores my concern about our inability to talk to people with whom we disagree.

  148. @Dana As a conservative woman, I applaud your comments about having rationale dialogue with those you disagree with. We are tearing this country apart. Let’s listen and understand both sides.

  149. @Dana

    I would love to sit down with both of you for an exceptional discussion on life, the universe and everything else. And whilst we might disagree on some or even many things; the list of things we agree upon will be longer.

    By listening to others I gain knowledge and insight that can be priceless. It is also very difficult to hate people who you know have the same main goals and priorities as you do.

    There are some really beautiful places in Flyover, USA to have a good and meaningful conversation

  150. @Dana
    There’s too much profit making in discourse. Conflict is good for media businesses. How many cable programs are willing to lead with a disclaimer stating that their show is opinion and not fact, or news, or entertainment masquerading as some other content? Critical though is low amongst the consumers. If it’s repeated enough it has to be true. SUPER SAD.

    Disclaimer: I never subscribed to the NYT until DJT got the GOP nomination.

  151. We'll take a few steps backwards to gain many steps forward. This horror of a president will usher in to a time when people will look back and say, "Can you believe people really felt that way about our fellow citizens?"

  152. The patriarchy is so entrenched that these folks are bringing their wives and even daughters with them to defend them. It's an absurd lack of judgment and logic on the part of these women.

  153. @Susan

    I have a passing acquaintance with a daughter of a prominent government official who is frequently in the news.

    When he was confirmed by the Senate, she, her sister and their mother accompanied him to the hearing.

    They are proud of their father just as the daughters of Brett Kavanaugh must surely be.

  154. @Susan Believe it or not, Susan, some women actually LIKE their husbands, boyfriends, family members, friends...

  155. Trump and men like him, and those inspired by him, are not in my experience, typical of the majority of white men that I have met in my lifetime. The crux of this when it comes to patriarchy is that this attitude of male 'superiority' dates back to the earliest days of human beings forming settlements, the possession of land and livestock, and the idea of passing one's holdings onto one or more chosen people in one's family.

    Male dominant attitudes are prevalent among some men of all races not only in our country, but around the world. Patriarchies are the unwritten, and for some cultures and religions, the written law which assigns more power and more control to men, than to women.

    What has surprised me with the rise of Trumpism, was brought home to me by a friend I've known for many years. He is as his daughter says 'an ultra conservative' yet my friend had always been fine with who I am and our differing views, though we rarely discussed politics. But there is a kind of coolness now in that relationship, since the election of Trump he has sent me a number of articles and parodies about 'liberals' which I politely ignore.

    Hopefully with a more evolved future president and leader, our society will become less divisive, because as it is now, it is not only men 'above' women in power and status in Trump's circle, but friends no longer tolerating differences between friends. These are dangerous times.

  156. @Tim B I agree wholeheartedly. Remember, many leaders throughout the world fit the Trumpian mold. Turkey's Erdogan, India's Modi, etc. Globally, this is clearly not a "white men" problem, but a "reactionary" issue.

  157. Having been trained in psychology, and still continuing my medical education, I can say that the author is correct. Whenever a group of people (doesn’t matter how you slice it) feel that they are losing power, they will push back (violently[?]). Anyone who disagrees with this has a mountain of research to contend with.

  158. @K. H. Good luck with your education, but I ask you to count the number of cognitive distortions the author of this article presents us with. This article is chock full of them.

  159. It is easier to attack by pretending to be persecuted than it is to acknowledge one's own misdeeds.

    Sadly, I have come to know what I once only wondered about, that Republicans in authority believe that attack is the best defense.

    Like climate deniers, they have no room for curiosity and reflection; they are too busy protecting the walls of their greed and short-term profits.

    The vote cheating is currently the worst, only because it protects all the other iniquities.

    Currently, Georgia's Secretary of State is denying the vote to many thousands, possibly over a million, voters. Shameless and shameful!

  160. Forgot to mention about Georgia:

    The SoS who has denied registration (67,000 if I remember correctly, stuck in a drawer via "exact match" cheating and has removed over a million existing voteres s running for governor himself. So corrupt!

  161. They are losing - there is a zero sum game to a fair degree. When a job is available, if the candidate list is cut in half, if I have an automatic edge against other candidates due to skin color - then I am in a better position. Once I'm used to that - when I lose this edge - then I AM losing something.

    It's the same something noblemen and kings lost as we turned to democracy, it's what white people lose as racism goes away, it's what men lose as women enter the workplace.

    it's something that is right and fair - but to pretend it is not a loss is just not true. It is. And for people who are not doing well, to know that once they had an automatic preference, it's so easy to believe that they deserve that, it must be right somehow.

  162. @Details
    Very astute and practical. When you have had a privileged position for so long that you feel "entitled", even a justified correction will feel like and be a "loss". Acknowledging that reality will make it more likely that a just emergence of long-denied rights will be achieved and potentially accepted.

  163. You have a lot polls/stats you refer to. This is not a white or black or whatever color/gender issue. Report things, provide evidence, actually corroborate accusations and most of America will listen, regardless of party affiliation.

  164. @Robert Duran, I wish what you say were true. Unfortunately we just saw an instance where some of the nation wanted to elevate a man without investigating. Had there been a thorough investigation--and had corroborating evidence been allowed--I don't think you would have seen the understandable anger from the protestors.

    But you're correct that it isn't a color or gender issue. One quarter of men were sexually assaulted when they were minors. Btw, it's unrealistic to expect that assault victims, especially minors, are going to report their assaults. Human nature dictates the response.

  165. @Robert Duran Kavanaugh perjured himself on several counts, including claiming not to know about the Yale accusations months in advance (he tried to gather supportive witnesses in June), his "100 kegs or bust" drinking, and his "boofing devil's triangle" yearbook. Number one of these is clearly felony perjury, being a clear and deliberate lie.

    Yet he was confirmed. I'm gonna say that things don't work like you claim.

  166. close ... but no cigar
    DT is about DT - and everything he does is about DT (and little else)
    the rest of them are to him little more than a near-endless, ever-diminishing series of ever-vaguer reflections down the corridor of DT-facing mirrors that encompass his view of the world, of his life
    despite surface appearances, his behavior manifests not so much the toxic misogyny and toxic racism that so obviously inform it as it manifests toxic narcissism in full bloom super-charged by power, power, power
    where have we seen that combination before

  167. does bemoaning the obvious win elections?
    Perhaps we need a look into why we see so little coverage of dems and their proposals.

  168. I think you are conflating the specifics of the Kavanaugh case with a more general concern. You are right, this is not a zero sum game. Which means that just because some men are guilty does not mean that all men are guilty. And just because some women should be believed does not mean that all women should be believed.

    I was falsely accused of things during an unpleasant divorce. I was able to document the truth, so I avoided what could have been an even more unpleasant experience. But thousands of men of all colors are not so fortunate. This truth can coexist with the MeToo truth.

    The unfortunate part of all this ugliness is that the experiences of many men are being invalidated in the process. And when you invalidate a person's pain, you lose an ally. Everyone loses.

    Many, many men have been the victims of sexual abuse. Many, many men have been jailed or lost contact with children due to false claims of abuse.

    These truths are not a threat to the concerns of women. And these truths should not be labeled "White Male Victimization Anxiety."

  169. @woodyrd
    The overall theme of this comment deserves and is getting attention. And we could have a much better dialog and reasonable outcome if we knew and understood the facts better. "Many, many ..." applied to both women who are victims and men who are falsely accused suggests some equivalency. It's also not likely that's the case. Ultimately, we should seek truth and resulting justice in both areas. Gross generalizations and yelling out lies from either perspective doesn't have any constructive result as far as I can see.

  170. @woodyrd
    This is true, but that's all the more reason why a proper investigation was so important, and why the lack of it looks suspicious.

  171. @woodyrd Millions and millions of women are victimized by men and these truths still are not a concern to men. We saw that clearly with the Kavanaugh appointment.

  172. Mr. Blow’s analysis sounds spot on to me, (and I’m an older white male). As further evidence of his thesis, read, listen to statements and commercials for republican candidates or what trump himself is saying. All they are selling is FEAR. Not solutions, not a vision for a stronger healthier America, just FEAR. FEAR of the other, of anyone who hasn’t drunk the Kool-ade. I’m on outrage overload all I can do is contribute and vote. We all need to decline the sales pitch and vote.

  173. Is it really a backlash if they never took their boots off our necks in the first place? As long as I can remember, I’ve been fighting to get equal pay and mopping up the damage from their violence. It feels like more of the same.

  174. @Kristin
    Could you be more specific about the damage and violence that you are so heroically mopping up?

  175. What a great column! 10,000 years of power and then one bad week, at the end of which they get their way, and they become the victims.

  176. @Louise Barnett
    No, Louise. What's happening is that we're no longer looking the other way at your vile reincarnation of the Salem Witch Hunts. Your blatant disregard for the rule of law will destroy your appropriate resistance to genuine attacks on women's rights.

  177. @Louise Barnett

    Please visit the history section of a library to see that in the last 10,000 years women have ruled and had power. You will also see societies where they were true equals. The white male rule/oppression in the US is less than 500 years. Let us not forget that women and men rulers sold black skinned Africans to slave traders.

    If people choose to make uninformed generalizations rooted in hate, we will will all suffer the ill consequences.

  178. It is not clear that Trump's support is entirely due to MALE backlash.
    In the 2016 election of the white WOMEN who voted
    53% of all white women voted for Trump
    51% of white college women voted for Clinton
    62% of all white non college women voted for Trump
    It was known BEFORE the 2016 election that Trump admitted to and advocated sexual assault of women.
    Specifically thrusting his filthy paws up women's skirts and feeling their privates.
    Yes the male support for Trump was stronger than the white women support for Trump but that 62% of non college white women support for Trump can not be ignored.
    Economic concerns on the part of BOTH women and men caused Trump to win Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan [64 electoral votes]. Obama had won all these states in 2008 and 2012.
    HRC talked down to rural America calling them "deplorables" and thus lost rural America.

    Obama's Agriculture Secretary , Thomas Vilsack, explained on a WAMC-FM [an Albany, NY public radio station] how HRC lost rural America and what she could have done differently.

    http://wamc.org/term/tom-vilsack

    The point is not to bash HRC but to win FUTURE elections.
    If the concerns of displaced workers and of rural America are not addressed these groups will continue to elect demogogues like Trump.
    Blaming a male backlash will not help win future elections.

  179. @david David, if one cannot investigate the cause of the problem (Hillary) and not do anything about it, the Democrats are due to failure.
    Has anyone noticed how much Hillary is making the rounds again (guest appearances here and there, even on the Murphy Show)? Hillary and the upper echelon of the Democratic party failed to recognize how unpopular Hillary was/is. How she did not recognize that the people, both Democrats and Republicans wanted change. And so we got the guy who promised change.
    History will repeat itself for the detriment of the Democratic party and the United States.

  180. Clearly, it was a campaign of political and personal destruction, as Trump claimed, based on uncorroborated acts alleged to have been committed decades ago, when Kavanaugh was an adolescent. Whether or not it was justified … we don’t know. If Blasey-Ford’s claims could have been corroborated, I don’t believe that Kavanaugh could have been confirmed; and his life and career WOULD have been destroyed, despite a long adult life and legal career that has been exemplary and distinguished. This was FAR worse than what was alleged of Clarence Thomas of whom, after all, attempted rape never was claimed.

    But the allegations couldn’t be corroborated after so many years, and the extremeness of some of the claims by “witnesses” other than Blasey-Ford were SO over-the-top despite the failure to corroborate them by the FBI under penalty of law for lying -- that ALL the attacks against Kavanaugh were badly tainted as a result. If as a society we’re going to destroy someone, even for political ends, then the standard of proof needs to be more compelling than what some sought to apply to Kavanaugh.

    Then, this matter, both in its unfolding and aftermath, displays all the stench of targeted political machinations. The last-second claims, AFTER he had won a positive vote from the committee and was expected to be confirmed, demonstrate compellingly that Democrats, in the minority, were outraged that they couldn’t kill a nomination they opposed viscerally on ideological grounds, not for …

  181. @Richard Luettgen: WRONG! It was not that “the allegations couldn’t be corroborated “ but they WOULDN’T be corroborated. Grassley, the FBI and Herr Trump made sure that viable testimony was neither collected or assessed. Welcome to Amerika!

  182. @Richard Luettgen

    Let's not channel Republican Party hypcrisy regarding the politics of personal and political destruction, of which they are masters. The Democrats aren't anywhere near their league.

    Let's not dismiss Dr. Blasey Ford's believable testimony so easily, either. Republican attempts to paint Demcrats as "smearing" Judge Kavanaugh crashed and burned on the credibility of her testimony and the unhinged defense of white male privilege and Republican conspiracy theories promoted by him and his Republican apologists.

    Judge Kavanaugh smeared himself by his disfraceful performance, and only lent Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony all that more credibility with obvious lies and evasions about his own conduct.

    Judge Kavanaugh hasn't been destroyed; he's been elevated to the pinnacle of his profession despite testimony that exposed a partisanship and a temperament unsuitable to a Supreme Court Justice, by a Republican Party so obsessed with packing the Court with right wing ideologues and protecting its own white male dominated power structure, that it made a sham of their duty to the Constitution and the American people.

    The Republican party is in power and they were in charge of the Supreme Court confirmation process. How they conducted it was a disgrace from start to finish and proved, yet again, that they are as incompetent at governing as they are indifferent to norms of democracy and basic decency.

    The less than stellar conduct of the Democrats doesn't change that.

  183. @Richard Luettgen, the nation is still recovering from the stench of Mitch McConnell and the Republicans from their obstruction of Merrick Garland and Obama who they opposed on no grounds other than their megalomaniacal grab for power.

  184. Let's reduce this to it's core.

    This is a power struggle between the white men who feel they deserve to rule our country and should be accorded a dominant position vs. those who feel that everybody deserves an equal chance and that no group should be accorded a dominant position.

    If you associate with the latter, but you don't vote in November, you are ceding power to these in the former.

  185. @DBman
    Clear point. Loss of (long-assumed) privilege vs. securing rights that were articulated in our nation's founding documents. When we hear about "originalist" SCOTUS Justices, we should ask how they see life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness or justice and equality through that lens? Selective reading of the Constitution or the Bible seems irresponsible at best. The white men who we call Founding Fathers were smart and humble enough to realize a strong, survivable nation had include many more than "look-a-likes" in order to survive and flourish. True today as it was then, and more so.

  186. I remember going to a job hunting support group during one of the economic downturns. Man after man got up and bemoaned having to send out "as many" as 40 resumes when in all his years years of working he had never had to apply for a job. A white male cohort hired each other again and again. They were amazed there been no call backs and interviews. They felt they were victims and were angry.

    Women in the room rolled their eyes. Hundreds of applications, endless degrees, hard won experience, high performance recommendations and still getting the equivalent of "can you type" questions if they even made it to an interview. Oh, and comments on clothing, childcare, eldercare, and weight.

    I still remember the high tech VP who offered me a cigar at the beginning of an interview in an office with endless metal athletic awards, pictures with politicians, and even a stuffed animal "victim". I heard later he missed his numbers but was not fired. The company no longer exists.

  187. The issues here should be about law, not manners.
    I am afraid I see things much as the GOP does-that Democrats are reaching for any handhold with the idea that any purchase will help to pull ahead of Republicans. I would much prefer they stuck to the issues of international relations and the responsibility the US owes to the world , to it's allies and it's trading partners and, most especially to the people precariously living on the globe.
    Misbehavior of 40 years ago should be left for historians, especially when it was never reported nor complained of.
    We have no reverse crystal ball to see what occurred in the past-instead we had better spend our time watching what people do in the Present. Most of us were born with eyes looking in the direction we walk towards- we should watch where we are all going , as we cannot know where everyone has been.

  188. @meloop
    You're right. And the GOP has done everything it can to subvert law when it will help them maintain their power - including gerrymandering and preventing due process when it comes to picking a Supreme Court nominee, and I'm not talking Kavannaugh.

    And in the past white males had no issue lynching blacks and to this day many feel no qualms (usually when they are drunk) about assaulting their wives, girlfriends or strangers.

    So yes - the issues here ARE about the law, equal rights and equal protection.

  189. @meloop
    Attempted rape is not "misbehavior."

    And while no one is saying to "lock him up," the dehumanizing of a woman that it involves makes it definitely not appropriate for a Supreme Court justice.

    You'd think a judge would understand the need to go through proper questioning, but his outrage, rudeness to the senators, and unhinged behavior raised additional questions of his fitness for the position.

  190. @meloop

    Manners, understood as in connection to virtue, are what keep men from assaulting women. As a father who respects women, I am hard at work teaching my son manners. How about you?

  191. Yes, white male victimization anxiety is a thing.

    And no, it's not new.

    Evenso, the numbers of disclaimers and qualifiers are interesting--that is, of people who admit it exists, yet rush to point out that it's not ALL white males (of course not) and that OTHER races and cultures share the same dominance syndromes (of course they do--no person or group willingly cedes power).

    But the fact is, it's rampant in the United States at this point and the pushback from those in power or those who, consciously or subconsciously, assume entitlement to preferential status is often brutal.

    As a graduate student, I recently sat in a class in which older male students pushed back at a reading requirement on the historiography of women's history. In another instance, a twenty-something white male stamped out of the room, slamming the door in speechless anger when I cited reputable statistics showing white men had preferential treatment the US in healthcare and in employment.

    Anecdotal? Yes. But each of us who are not white males can tell similar stories.

    And we need to talk about it if there's to be cultural, societal, and where necessary, legal change.

  192. At the age of three, Trump's daddy was giving him $200,000 per year.

    By the time he was a young adult, Trump Sr. had funneled him over $400 million dollars and bailed him out of failed business after failed business.

    By all accounts he was Trump Sr.'s favorite son.

    By middle-age, Trump had amassed a fortune, though probably not as large as he claims.

    Then, he became President of the United States, commonly thought of as the most powerful position in the world.

    Well, is it any wonder he feels life is unfair?

    It makes me wonder, what would have to happen for Trump to feel that life WAS fair? I hope someone can pose the question to him at some point.

  193. You're not the only one to point out that Trump and his cronies are "sore winners." I suspect that it's all a ruse: to feign empathy with the nation's discontent; then they go behind closed doors and laugh behind our backs.

  194. @Ralphie. As you point out, Trump rose because his father gamed the system. So to him, the idea that anyone other than a white male can game the system feels unfair. To him, the idea that government agencies should provide transparency feels unfair! To him, the idea that the scales of Justice are not tipped in his favor feels unfair. Level the playing field: unfair too. And so on....

  195. An additional factor in white male backlash may be attributable to the tenet in certain evangelical faiths that women must submit to their husbands. Mark Harris, a Republican candidate from NC, has extensively “preached” on the requirement that women submit to their husbands, because, in his view, that is what the Lord said. He omits the critical fact that in biblical times, women were literally their husbands’ chattels. Apparently, many Republicans want to return to those days. Women, wake up and vote accordingly!

  196. This helps to explain what I saw the other day: walking along a private golf course (initiation fee $150,000, annual fees probably another $20,000) that abuts a sidewalk in my town there were two 50-something white males playing a round wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

    I couldn't help but wonder how could America get any better for these two?

    This article helps to answer that...it has nothing to do with America being any better, just making them feel better. They can't just be happy with everything they have in the world, but need to be revered as well.

  197. Thank you for this very cogent analysis; you zeroed in on a fundamental motivating factor in Trump's popularity among a sector of the white male demographic. It would be interesting to extend this analysis to women Trump supporters, some of whom may also seek a return to "traditional" (i.e., patriarchal) roles for men.

  198. Charles,

    I read most of your columns and I am a "white man". I share most of your perspectives, although, I don't have the bitterness with which you write. Probably because I am white and you are black.

    However, when you lump me with all "white men", who apparently are insecure and feel victimized (based on today's article), then, you have lumped me incorrectly.

    I understand that many unqualified, white men, who drank their way through college, lack self discipline, and are not very thoughtful have managed to have very good lives without much effort.

    I have watched as their relatives have garnered them good jobs into corporations where those relatives work, even though the grades and qualifications of those white males is far below what would be needed to hire competitively.

    In fact, this widespread "nepotism", which, is really just white affirmative action, is what tipped me in favor of "affirmative" action.

    Because, really, affirmative action offers QUALIFIED minorities the same chances that very poorly qualified whites get via nepotism and connections.

    I understand that the migration of some companies, like Google and Amazon, to truly competitive hiring practices has disenfranchised the lazy, drunk, white party boy. And, these competitive hiring practices is making them angry. Qualified Asians, Blacks and Women are getting good jobs (those people who work, stay sober, and focus on their futures are making a future!).

    So, don't lump me in OK?

  199. How not to be accused of sexual misconduct: don't commit sexual misconduct.

  200. Technically, efforts to increase diversity will hurt white people. It will take away white people's unfair advantages and make them compete on a more level playing field. It's the only fair thing to do, the only right thing to do. But they are right that white "get hurt" in the sense that they don't get to be treated better than everyone else anymore.

  201. This article actually supports the particular paranoia and delusion it seeks to assail. If expressing outrage over what you believe to be a baseless accusation of sexual assault is "an outright and increasing amplification of a reactionary white male victimization syndrome," then what's the appropriate response? For white men to simply accept accusations of sexual assault as a legitimate method by which political power is more equitably distributed among racial and gender groups? Sure, why not? The cool thing about seeing all of politics as a struggle of opposing racial and gender interests is that you can decry any stance as "oh that's so typically white" or "so typically male" or better, "so white male!" - and they can't turn it around and do the same without being racist or sexist. Is it a great system or what?

  202. There is a lot to unpack here, but the most important idea that Charles Blow delivers is the toxic belief in the zero-sum world.

    If we advance blacks or Hispanics in education, whites and Asians must suffer; if we help one group rise another must fall. The government should be the source of the ideal that we can work for everyone, and not pick winners and losers.

    But instead, the balkanization of the nation is a political goal. "Stick with us and we'll stick it to them!" The new national motto. Balkanization assures safe districts, it assures that the base votes are safe votes. So the government starts to actually pick winners and losers - this has been the GOP-Trump signature. (Think of the tax cut, which raised taxes in urban areas of high cost of living. Or tariffs aimed to please steel workers but will cost auto workers.)

    Sen. Feinstein could have quietly scotched Kavanaugh last summer, but that did not serve the purpose of disruption. And the GOP could have picked another candidate but that did not serve the purpose of sticking it to the Democrats.

    And so we have entered another election cycle, with the new balkan state in which men are either rapists or victims and women are victims or liars. Instead of finding a common human ground, McConnell brags about how it fired up the base, and the Democrats are pondering how to use the #MeToo moment.

    We used to better than this, but I am not sure we can recover from entrenched classification warfare.

  203. This article is just plan silly. The angst has nothing to do with race or gender. It has to do with economics. It has to do with the loss of financial security since the 1970s when the good, well-paying factory jobs starting moving to the South, then Mexico and now to Asia. I don't care how much Trump or Obama tout their own "economic miracles" - no one that I know feels economically secure. As for the middle class - with all the consolidations and merges how many middle class, white color jobs were lost. Millions. Mr. Blow is just plan wrong.

  204. White male privilege is an issue, but it is women, 50% of whites,perhaps a bit more, who make white males of the type described possible. As mothers, sisters, teachers, girlfriends and wives, they are as responsible as their male counterparts in the creation of the Brett Kavanaughs and Donald Trumps in this world. They are not passive victims, they are active agents.

    As toxic, or more, is the use by Trump of 'the American nation' as description of his supporters, particularly the more unhinged ones who sign 'Lock her up' as if we were in 2016. All dictators and the worst kind of populist do it, confuse a section of the population, their followers, with the whole of the nation. I'm amazed that Democrats listen to that piece of verbal fascism time and time again and let it ride.

  205. No, Charles, it wasn't "the swearing-in of Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday," he was already sworn in.
    It was a reenactment for the cameras, with Kennedy taking the role of Roberts.
    Kavanaugh didn't have to participate in Trump's reality show, and Justice Kennedy didn't have to, either.
    They both should have figured out what Trump most likely would say. No healing will come from this White House. Shame on all of them.

  206. I'm a white man opposed to Mr. Trump as president (despite hopeful skepticism about some of the actual policy moves he's made). But it does not take an historian with much insight to recognize the natural backlash arising from being told, since you were born, that you are a privileged member of a wicked class of humans: white males.

    This is a confusing message for a seven-year-old boy in the 70s watching his hard-working, high-school-educated, divorced white mom living in income-adjusted housing working 12+ hour days to pay for TV dinners in our one-bedroom apartment, and it has not become easier to process over time as the arrows drawn against white men have evolved into nuclear warheads, particularly in the #metoo era. While I'm pleased with the progress of other groups of people, I am concerned that what we are seeing with the Trumpers is the predictable result of a Weimar Republic-like stranglehold on white men. We should not repeat the mistakes that led to WWII (as one example) by isolating and identifying "white men" as the cause of all of the world's problems. While they may well be, it's not because they are white, right? That would be racism. It's because they're privileged . . . supposedly. Except most--MOST--have no reason to FEEL privileged.

    Which makes it all the more troubling that they have chosen Trump, the epitome of privilege, as their blue-collar hero. That tells me Trumpers are no different than anyone else looking for a free handout.

  207. The Kavanaugh hearings have convinced many men, white or otherwise, that the "Pence Rule" has more merit than recognized. I will no longer dine, or be alone in a room, with any woman who is not my mother or my wife. I tell my sons, if you date a woman, see her only in a public place. Do not go to her apartment alone; do not let her come to your apartment alone. Do not have sex with her until you have married her. In the meantime, observe celibacy. Drink beer, if you have to, in order to get through it. But, above all, keep yourself out of danger.

  208. @Joseph Puentes Probably not bad advice for your sons. But I must admit I broke every single one of your rules and at 55 I haven't been accused of sexual assault or harassment .

  209. From this column, it sounds like Trump was talking just about Kavanaugh and his family and the treatment that Kavanaugh and his family just went through.

    But somewhere between the second and third paragraph, Mr. Blow's imagination turned this into "an outright and increasing amplification of a reactionary white male victimization syndrome that has consumed modern American conservatism."

  210. We really ought to revisit the idea that Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There are really many reasons for this (admittedly amateur) diagnosis, but chief among them is that they are all quick to blame other people, take no responsibility for their own actions, and they are absolutely positive that they are not the victors but the victims.

  211. What does being a white male have to do with it? The latter half of your case puts Kanye West right up there with Trump among those privileged who are now claiming discrimination. Why must we on the left continue to use "white male" in the pejorative and then in the same article say white men are incorrectly claiming there's a bias against men (strictly narratively speaking – we know the reality). I'm not saying white male privilege isn't real, but let's not pretend you're not trying to create a narrative bias against white men. You can say they deserve it and you might even have a case, but at least own it. And saying "well this group and that group have dealt with these biases since the beginning of time" isn't a defense.

  212. Or maybe Trump represents a lot of people who have disliked the direction our elites have been steering the country in for the last 40 years.

  213. While the source of the anxiety may be unreal, the anxiety itself is real. And Democrats must take notice, if the want to win. It's one thing to go after Trumpy, Weinstein etc. It's quite another to make Senator Al Franken's removal the model of things to come. It's one thing to encourage literary work from people with unique, dare I say minority, viewpoints. It's quite another to dismiss great works of literature as the view points of 'dead white men.' When women and minorities are asked to vote in their self interests, shouldn't men, white men, do so to?

  214. I don't intend to speak for all white men, I don't support Trump, or Kavanaugh (there are plenty of reasons to wish he were not on the Supreme Court beyond his alleged behavior as a 17-year-old). I don't know if he did what he is finally being accused of. I do worry about the Liberal Tradition of innocent until proven guilty, and that no one should need to defend themselves without being charged with a crime. This is a gain all of us should be in fear of losing.

  215. I have no love for Trump or the GOP, but seriously, is it really so hard to understand why some white men feel aggrieved? Literally in the same op-ed page the Times has published "Maybe Girls Will Save Us: They’ve eclipsed boys in political participation and shown incredible moral clarity." What exactly is the typical boy supposed to infer from a headline like that?

    The media needs to stop generalizing. It needs to stop this crazy habit of categorizing everything by race or gender. I mean sure, praise Christine Blasey Ford for speaking out. But what about those women who've accepted jobs as Kavanaugh's clerks? Are they praiseworthy too? Or do they not count because they don't fit the Girlz Rule narrative?

  216. Making a broad generalization about a group of people, based on their ethnicity, due to the actions of a (tiny) minority. Isn't this textbook racism? Or has the definition changed?

  217. What purpose do op-eds about "White Male Victimization" serve? They just seem to further divide our country and reinforce false stereotypes based on ethnicity and gender. Collectively labeling how other groups think, and dismissing people who disagree with your label is either the source or defining quality of tribal thinking. This is equally true for Muslims, blacks, women, or white men.

  218. Black people and white people are human beings, and as such their primary impulse in life will be to pursue - to a large though not absolute extent - their own self-interest, while seeking to evade, minimize, or shut down anyone who opposes them. Again, this is simply a central impulse, not the sole one; there are also more sympathetic drives, but these always operate in tension with a constant desire to look out for oneself. What this means in practice is that white people will seek to defend their privileged position while denying the grievances of minority groups, while members of minority groups will seek to leverage their grievances for maximum personal benefit. These assertions will likely offend everyone whom they refer to, but if you reason coldly, restraining your knee-jerk emotional responses, then I'm confident that you will agree with me that these statements are largely - though again, not comprehensively - true.

    In this murky situation, search for objective solutions. Dismiss white people's refusal to acknowledge the continuing existence of racism and black people's support for inefficient responses like affirmative action as by-products, primarily, of self-interest. Set a goal of eliminating the black/white wealth gap by the year 2058, with bi-annual reviews to ensure intermediate progress, then launch a series of programs aimed at reaching this goal, reviewing them frequently so that we can expand what yields results while ditching what doesn't work.

  219. @Matt "Black people and white people are human beings" This is the only part of your comment that has any basis in fact. To suggest that there is some innate difference in black and white people to oppose the other is ridiculous. I live in a community that is over 95% white. I have never looked upon any of this white community as anything other than another person. We may like different foods and have different pasts but other than that we proceed as equals. The few times that racial epithets were hurled at me the first people to stand with me were white.
    Historically blacks have been discriminated against in America, not much to dispute there. At least acknowledge this without suggesting that we are somehow predisposed to work against each other.

  220. Brett Kavanaugh is a symbol of privilege, but more one of class than of sex or race.

    Lumping a a white, make truck driver living in a trailer with a GED or High School Diploma with a Prep School, Ivy League son of a Lobbyist and Judge is quite a stretch. They may both be white and male, but the differences are far greater than what they have in common.

    It seems that quite often male or white male privilege is charged when the source is not race or sex- but economic class and zip code. A kid of any race raised in a gated community going to private schools, getting tutoring and all the rest backed by an upper middle class to wealthy family income has massive advantage over a kid of any race that grows up disadvantaged.

    I would argue that most of what is sold as so-called "white privilege" is actually class privilege hiding in plain sight. The wealthy and well connected will deny advantages regardless of race, but look where they start. The greatest prediction of economic success in the US today is the wealth and zip code of the home you grow up in- not how smart or driven you happen to be.

  221. Opportunistic resistance to persecution can land broadly on a persecuting group in the form of biased conclusions about guilt by association - all are condemned as guilty by association.

    The statements attributed to Wilkins makes it seem to imply men, especially the white ones, just don’t get it. The zero-sum relationship statement suggests there is a fundamental error in the perceptions of whites and men. Where is the economic fact checking to prove it? If it is a matter of whiny whites losing undeserved entitlements, then shouldn’t the economic data show increasing per capital income distributions across the population as a result of higher GDP?

    I applaud Trump and Blow. They both incite thinking, which can lead to action. Meanwhile, we can still work on finding a better way.

  222. This column is disingenuous.Trump wouldn't have capitalized on the salience of race & ethnicity if the Democrats hadn't exploited it. We're here because the working class feels like the Democrats have abandoned them. And lets be honest. They have. In ways both large & small. Take NAFTA for example. At the 1993 NAFTA signing President Clinton said “NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, & good-paying American jobs...I believe that NAFTA will create a million jobs in the first five years ...” Looking back over the past 25 years, all of the shiny forecasts about NAFTA, every premise of every policy, all of it, has been lies. First, it caused the loss of some 700,000 jobs as companies moved their production to Mexico, where labor was cheaper. Second, NAFTA strengthened the ability of U.S. employers to force workers to accept lower wages and benefits.Third, NAFTA drove several million Mexican workers and their families out of the agriculture and small business sectors, which could not compete with the flood of products — often subsidized — from U.S. producers. This dislocation was a major cause of the dramatic increase of illegal immigration in the United States. Fourth, and ultimately most importantly, NAFTA created a template for the rules of the emerging global economy, in which all the benefits would flow to corporations & all the costs to workers. The DP can't win over working class swing voters if they can't address their concerns. And they won't be able to govern without them.

  223. This column is spot on. I've written extensively about the three basic choices we all have, in every moment: be a fearful, whining VICTIM, be a conniving, scrapping SURVIVOR, or be a wise and courageous NAVIGATOR. Trump is the voice of the VICTIM.

  224. Those who live by identity politics are liable to drown in them. American politics has become consumed by a fragmented, classless, victim-based outlook. Celebrated identities gain the status of being special because their members are eternal victims. Being a member of an identity group also has not wealth criteria.

    That's why elites love identity politics. it transports them to the moral high ground. An extremely privileged (re: wealthy) person can wear the victim mantle just as justifiably as a working class person, and gain publicity from it. An extremely privileged person can have their wealth and power and tut-tut people without wealth and power too. That's pretty good cake.

    What has irritated the identitarians is that Trump has cried "victim" on behalf of the Identity (ie, white male) That Shall Not Speak Its Name But In Shame. Trump's "me-too" platform is a serious challenge to identity politics because it threatens to reduce to victim status the white-male identity that confers victim status on all the other celebrated identities.

    Trump has taken identity politics, which requires victimhood, to its highest possible point, and, in so doing, has probably marked the demise of a highly emotional, pre-political outlook that is hostile to due process and free expression.

  225. Throughout the GOP primaries and the general election I wrote column after column about the rise of Trump and the mood of the nation.

    Some folks criticized my view as too simple. Time has vindicated the simplicity.

    My point was indeed simple. The rise of Trump came from the simmering resentment of many Americans over hippies, civil rights, women's rights, feminism, gay rights and affirmative action. This simmer has been constant since the 60's. In Trump the simmer came to a boil as he drew the dispersed bitterness into one big racist, homophobic, resentful caldron.

    You can see it in the faces at the rallies. He gave these men and women (nearly all white and heterosexual) the permission to vent the long-pent up bile with impunity. Many who felt slightly constrained, now feel empowered as they find kindred spirits in their red hats.

    All other policy and political factors are negligible.

  226. White men have reason to feel threatened if women make gains - as long they believe it's a zero sum game where someone must lose for someone else to win.

    Trevor Noah's thought-provoking talk on how Trump uses victimization as a weapon is a must-see.

    https://youtu.be/4LZ3P1sv9jE

  227. @gw
    Al Franken was a victim of the Roy Moore/Doug Jones special election. Democrats needed a goat. They wound up cutting their own throat. They ate their own, knowing his seat would be filled by another Democrat. But his replacement, Tina Smith, has been no Al Franken.

    Democrats sacrificed an important piece on their chessboard. We'll have to wait and see what happens in the special election for his seat next month, and in the midterms generally, to find out if their gambit pays off.

  228. Loathe Kavanaugh and Trump, believed Dr Ford, BUT I think the other women who went to protest at the Capitol on the grounds that they, too had been assaulted diluted the issue at hand, I.e. should Kavanaugh’s specific behavior with specific women who knew him make him unfit to sit on the Supreme Court.
    Their Constitutional right to petition their government is unquestionable, but it wasn’t a good strategy.

  229. The Spanish philosopher Jorge ("George") Santayana famously said that "America is a young country with an old mentality." He went on to compare the NY skyscraper standing next to the Southern mansion.

    Hopefully it is the Autumn of the Patriarch in this country. We can't go on like this.

  230. Trump has given voice to a feeling of victimization that was always there. His misogyny and racism is so obvious it makes it ok for those who agree to speak out. I think deep down everyone feels persecuted but most of us do something productive with that anger - get involved, work to change the environment etc - but some wallow in the "I'm the victim" space. Trump has made that ok. It remains to be seen if anything changes when Trump finally goes.

  231. Why white males in America today might have reservations toward left wing politics?

    I'm a white male and I don't see left wing politics as being progress. I see it as being full of bunk just like right wing religion. I believe in clarity, science, great art, logic, accurate comprehension of reality. Left wing politics to me appears a disaster to the Humanities among other things. Tell me honestly, is there any clarity to statements such as White Privilege, Toxic Masculinity, Racism, Sexism, Misogyny and so on? The left just appears a combination of Marx, identity politics, terms which they twist now this way and that so long as it adds up to their advantage, and it is certainly a disadvantage to white males.

    I find the left petty, bureaucratic, small-minded and with a cheap Marx/identity politics morality, a system every bit as mind numbing and behavior confusing as any legal/moral/religious jargon that has appeared in the United States. There appears little objectivity to it. Exactly how is a white male supposed to be to not be considered Privileged, with Toxic Masculinity and so on?

    I've found religion, legal/business jargon, left wing Marx/identity politics, etc. phenomenons to be ultimately subsumed under the field of psychology, and psychology weaponized, ultimately benefitting groups with the primary goal of controlling people. It's like we're all being afflicted with mental forms of WMD, paralyzed against clear thought and action, confused with respect to reality.

  232. Trump may delay but cannot stop the inevitable emergence of a clear majority of culturally and racially diverse Americans regaining the White House. And restoring traditional American values of respect,civility and inclusion. Trump and his narrow band of supporters will become just a bad memory. At that point America will truly become great again. It is clear that Trump impedes America’s return to greatness no matter what he proclaims.

  233. Gee whiz, guys. Blow isn't saying that all white men are "bad" and he isn't saying that all white men are saying they are victims. Of course, many are not. It is clear, however, that some men who have privilege, power and lots of money have done some not very nice things and gotten away with it because other men with the same background want them to. The saddest thing to me is that there are women who think it's just fine for "boys to be boys" and that they should go along. Many of them do so because they enjoy being on the receiving end of the money, privilete and power that comes with being "the little woman." So, everyone is responsible. As long as Trump sees himself as a victim (what a laughable idea) and makes fun of a woman who was traumatized by a drunk adolescent who couldn't remember anything that happened, we are in for a bad time. Keep writing, Mr. Blow. We need you.

  234. Everybody but the wealthy has lost significant ground since 1981 when a vapid smiling salesman gleefully bankrupted the country because he hated paying taxes.

    The middle class voted against its interests, decimating itself.

    Look in the mirror and within the reflection of your children's eyes, if you can stand it. Blame isn't so hard to find.

  235. Lest we forget, in 2016, Trump won the white women vote nationally and about 35% of the Hispanic vote in Florida. It's not about just white males, it's about nativist privilege.

    As the left continues to blame white males for all of their problems, stewing in their own toxic brand of identity politics, they will continue to lose most political battles in the real world.

  236. No, they don't fear they're losing ground, they are losing ground. I guess you might call them white workers or low-income or the common people; and yes, many are white men. The problem for Democrats and 'liberals' is you don't see the loss and fear and desperation, you think they're racist, but it's really economics.

    Instead of hating on them, why not try to reach out and tell them why voting Democratic is good for their futures and the future of the planet. Don't hate: teach. The workers of this country have been losing ground since Reagan and 'trickle-down' economics. We watch it. For decades.

    No, nobody here can claim the high road: we all complicit.

    Focus on economics: tax policy, tax rates, capital gains, and yes, a wealth tax. Be real. The inequality here is calamitous. We're a criminal state of plutocrats and share-croppers. That's victimization: the rich and all the rest. Focus there; forget your race-baiting, alot like Trump.

    Love each other and don't love money. And let's build a society around that.

  237. @ttrumbo You seem to miss the fact that white women and minorities were losing ground right along with those white men. In fact women and minorities feel the pain before and after any perceived loss by white men.

    I think you got to "hate" a little too quickly, how about we start with a little more truth from conservatives.

  238. What made America great was a respect for the rule of law. Liberals don’t seem to understand this. Liberals are all about #movements. This is not how a civilized society works. In third world countries, corruption is rampant. The rule of law matters less than who your friends are or who you’re able to bribe. Trump is standing up for our traditional value of presumption of innocence. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but he’s 100% right on this.

  239. @Mark

    [cough, cough]...sorry...[cough]...I seem to have some irony caught in my throat.

  240. Mark, Trump is the ultimate lying, corrupt con man this country has ever had as president. He is a disgrace to this country and rule of law. He doesn’t respect rule of law that goes against his corruption. He has besmirched the traditions established in this country for a president by not releasing his taxes, by devaluing journalists and institutions that acts as checks on his power, by lying incessantly about everything.

    The FBI should have been allowed to conduct a full investigation on Kavanaugh. What were they afraid of ? Truth ofcourse.

  241. White men who claim privilege should be given the right to "go it alone" in all things. They certainly do not need women for sexual gratification as their are other outlets. They might find it a bit difficult to bear children, but I am happy to let them try that on their own as well.

    As a white man myself, I am raised up by everyone whom I have helped in the past whether male or female, whatever race, whatever skill set. Diminishing anyone outside my "tribe" diminishes me in like measure.

  242. You’ve succumbed to the Blow narrative that reflects essentially most all white people wake up every day thinking extensively on how they can undermine minority’s. That’s morally indefensible.