The other day I overheard a few “white guys” complaining about their plight as white males and how no other people had it like they did, so the other races in this country should quit their whining and get on with it. How everyone is equal now, so people should just shut up and get over it.
I’m not writing today to litigate race relations in this country, I’m just using it as an example to better illustrate my point. In this current tidal wave of women coming forward to tell their stories, calling out men for their deplorable behavior and keeping crimes against women in the forefront, it seems like there may be a paradigm shift occurring in our society. But wait, not so fast.
If the 2016 election has shown us anything, it’s that there are still many unresolved issues, bubbling just underneath the surface. I remember seeing videos of kids in school telling their fellow Latino classmates to “go back to Mexico” and very angry white males screaming at rallies, as if the collective class of minorities had been persecuting them for years.
There is something changing it might even be the monumental reworking of our societal “norms,” which we need to bring about equality. But again, not so fast, let’s not be naïve and think this is somehow the end of the patriarchal society, because it’s not, not by a long shot. Men still hold all the cards.
The keys to the doors are in the pockets of very powerful men who wont just give up the status quo, which has afforded them endless benefits and power.
We must stay vigilant. This is a milestone but in no way is this e\the end of the struggle for equality. The Alabama senate race, which featured Roy Moore as the so-called paragon of virtue (his supporters words), is a clear example of how deep these patriarchal power structures are rooted in the solid of our democracy. Even women are quick to denounce a woman that accuses a powerful man, especially when politics are involved. Stay woke, keep fighting and one day we’ll get there.