…hat it will become the white minority and that scares them. The most frightened are the uneducated, old, white men who hold privilege and power and realize how tenuous that hold is because it is based on what they had in the past — who they are — rather than what they contribute to the future — what they can do. These are the people who formed the concrete core of Trump’s so-called base. They exploited an unre…
Yes! This is really the bottom line: an ACTUAL inability to fulfill the dictates of ‘merit.’ They simply can’t admit that wherever they turn, higher-performing black, brown, and indigenous peoples are performing actual merit. If merit mattered, they would struggle even more.
They must turn to privilege because looking at themselves as they are would likely be just as repugnant for them as it is for many of us.
Unfortunately, this allows ego to trump (so to speak) actual contribution to the human race. This isn’t just about who gets to ‘win,’ it’s about whether or not higher-level contributions will be made to the human race as a whole.
It seems obvious to me that a group which cannot compete has 2 options:
Keep the lie of privilege alive;
Or, actually make an effort to achieve something.
Why do they choose the toxic first instead of the constructive second choice??