Author- Paul McCrary
In this day in age when it comes to the political climate, it feels like instead of moving forward we are taking steps back. By this I mean instead of forgetting the past (much of which we couldn’t control) it’s more about getting pay back. I am talking about the article from a website called Affinity called, “Do White Men Really Deserve to Vote?”
The article starts by talking about the past which is important to know but should not be the basis on where we should get our laws from. “After all, women and people of colour went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice.” How is this an injustice? Is it because we have learned from our past mistakes and moved on? Is it that we care about equality for all people regardless of gender and race? Please tell me why this hypothetical evil white male oppressor be punished for something that happened a few decades ago. This happened a long time ago isn’t it finally time to move on?
So now that we’ve established that all the voter suppression happened a few decades ago let’s look at another part of this article. “Historically, white men have had few problems voting and the way things are going, they will never understand the kind of injustice others have faced.” This is actually not true in the slightest. In fact, only white male PROPERTY OWNERS were allowed to vote in the beginning. Also, the writer of this article is only sixteen, so she will never understand, by her logic, the kind of injustice others have faced.
“Furthermore, the point here that has to be made is that banning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause.” To address the first point you don’t know what it is like to face systemic injustice one bit. Even if this did show them about this “systemic injustice” how will this make them allies? Wouldn’t that mean they are the victims of the injustice? Now back to the reality of her point. The people who are supposed to gain from her cause don’t necessarily want her help. I’m Latino and I don’t see this injustice and I’m not nearly the only one in my generation who believes this (I’m in Generation Z.) We don’t need her help to solve this injustice because what she is doing is fighting fire with fire.
If that isn’t enough to persuade you away from both this new “social justice” movement and Affinity, let me want to leave you with this thought from this article. “White men who want to become better allies always come across the problem of “I will never understand what it feels like to be systemically oppressed” but this proposal may further their understanding of minority needs and improve relations between different genders and races, which is the ultimate goal; equality.”