Tell me why I shouldn’t hate white men right now.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be angry with the 63% of white men who voted for a man who espoused hatred and disrespect of Mexicans, Muslims, disabled people, and women. (Though I hav some words for the 53% of white women who voted for him too.) Why I shouldn’t feel repugnance for a man who could not disavow the support of white supremacists and appointed “white nationalists” to cabinet positions.
Tell me why I shouldn’t distrust white men who degrade the Black Lives Matter movement as unnecessary, or worse, as a terrorist group targeting their whiteness.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be outraged at white men who want to police my body and pass laws restricting what I can and cannot do with it. White men who claim the dangers I face as a woman aren’t legitimate. Who use my children and me as an excuse to persecute trans women, but refuse to protect me from being raped on a college campus. Who call me a murderer for supporting abortion, but fight to allow concealed weapons at school. White men who, in the face of evidence proving otherwise, continue to claim I do not make less money simply because I am a woman.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be disgusted that 88% of local police forces and 79% of prosecutors are white men who incarcerate black men 7 times more often than their white counterparts, with harsher sentences for the same crimes. Why unarmed black men continue to be shot and killed by police, while armed men who hostilely take over federal lands are not even punished.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be offended that my pleas for representation in media and history are met with eye rolls and sarcastic comments about “affirmative action” when white men have had their culture and likeness reflected back to them their entire lives.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be annoyed that I have to check the “other” box every time I fill out a demographics survey because the white men who designed it can’t understand that there exists those who are neither black nor white.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be frustrated at the white men who refuse to acknowledge their privilege in the world and instead accuse me of “reverse racism,” despite my having no status of power in this world.
Tell me why I shouldn’t be angry with the white men who, upon reading this, will respond with some version of #NotAllWhiteMen instead of listening to what I have to say.
Anna Gracia is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Scary Mommy, Motherwell Magazine, Blunt Moms, and more.
She says: “I have been shying away from writing serious pieces because I was afraid to let my rage show, but in the aftermath of this election, I can no longer stand silent, or write satire about our oppression. Especially as a woman of color, I feel a responsibility to speak out and give a voice to how many of us feel, no matter how controversial.”