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I'm Really OK with Being an Old White Guy

I'm Really OK with Being an Old White Guy

By Friday, 17 July 2020 08:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

At the risk of offending anyone, I've decided that I'll give myself a pass on self-loathing.

I'm at the age when the best part of being "woke" is gratitude that my old ticker got me through another night.

As for enjoying "white privilege" I somehow failed to see that issue brought up while serving with military brothers of all races, nor paid much attention to their skin color or religion. We mostly just trusted and depended on one another.

Yes, I was certainly privileged to inherit advantages of positive family values and a strong work ethic from my parents. Their examples served me well as I worked full-time over several years while pursuing some college degrees that have indeed enabled me to enjoy a wonderfully privileged life in a nation of rich opportunity.

Everything became even more privileged when I moved to Texas.

Maybe I'm too old to get used to trying to figure out if I'm actually a racist or not, with the added complication that I'm also part native pre-colonial American Indian. It's confusing to figure out which part of myself I'm expected to hate.

As for possibly being subconsciously "racist," even consciously pondering the answer to that seems pretty futile. According to a current "white fragility" movement, not recognizing I'm guilty of bigotry conscripts me to eternal guilt-denial-shame hell.

Robin Di Angelo's progressively acclaimed "must read" book, "White Fragility," purportedly offers guidance to help other confused white people like me identify our own inevitably suppressed racism. Her premise is that those of us who are unable to accept being accused of racism are therefore subject to "fragility." This moral malady, in turn, leads us to emotional denial of systemic "white supremacy."

Accordingly, any person that denies they are racist offers fatal double whammy proof both of dreaded white supremacy-endorsing racism and impotent white fragility.

So I guess it's better to just go ahead and admit you're racist. This will make you less fragile to endure further accusations so that you can at least attempt to enjoy your white privilege.

This nonsensible no-win self-denial dilemma obviously isn't just an old white guy problem. I recently came across an article quoting experiences of Owen Rickert, a Minnetonka, Minnesota student, about the divisive institutionally-cultivated culture of victimhood identity politics inflicted in some of today's schools.

I've excerpted but a few of Owen's troubling observations:

During my sophomore year of high school, a mandatory lesson for the entire school was scheduled regarding the concept of being an ally towards those who were labeled as being marginalized. All homeroom teachers were required to discuss the idea that "privileged" people need to stand up for the minority students and ensure their safety and well-being.

It was so insulting to suggest that one group of people should feel guilty for their "privilege" and the other group forced to have the mindset that they need help from the privileged.

That was not the only time that the privilege concept was forced upon us. Picture being called to an obligatory assembly. You did not know the subject matter prior to attending.

Over the next 45 minutes, my white classmates and I learned that what we had accomplished throughout our short lives was tainted because of the "fortunate" color of our skin. According to the speakers, we were hurting those around us without even knowing it. It was now our responsibility to rectify that. Never had I viewed people in this way. That the color of our skin really separated us this much.

On the first day of senior year, each student in every class was required to introduce themselves with their name and their preferred gender pronouns. An issue was created over a problem that never existed.

As I remember the fractures that were inevitable among the students, when the administration created different identity groups that largely did not exist before their insistence, a phrase comes to mind. E Pluribus Unum is a phrase that appears on the Great Seal of the United States. The meaning behind this phrase is that out of the thirteen colonies came about a single nation.

Thanks to true mature awareness of privilege, Owen obviously learned much from those contrarian experiences after all.

Maybe there's also much that Owen can teach each of us, old and young, always to remember.

Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. Larry has written more than 600 articles for Newsmax and Forbes and is the author of several books. Included are: "Cyberwarfare: Targeting America, Our Infrastructure and Our Future" (2020), "The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives" (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful" (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read Larry Bell's Reports — More Here.

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