Bill O’Reilly recently claimed that Democrats and liberals believe that white men are the problem with society. Tim Wise (among several students of white identity) concisely responds that it is not the men themselves, but the attitudes and behaviors they offer in regards to women and people of color that need to change. Making those changes does not require a political realignment. It is simply a recognition of every human being’s inherent value.
Pat Buchanan is the single most famous example of the resistance to this realization among white men in the United States. In the aftermath of the “Lone Wolf” assassinations over the last six months, I appreciate the essay on Buchanan’s career of racial and gender smears that appeared on Media Matters. Perhaps one day, these views will receive their proper rebuttal on the national stage whenever they appear.