The group it’s OK to hate

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Ir­re­spec­tive of his per­sonal con­duct, Bill O’Reilly’s fir­ing re­flects the tri­umph of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and the un­fet­tered power of al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct to elim­i­nate straight white males from po­si­tions of power and in­flu­ence (“The high price of Fox hunt­ing,” Web, April 20). To Wes­ley Pru­den’s in­sight­ful anal­y­sis, I would add “di­ver­sity” as a po­tent part of the pro­gres­sive left’s arse­nal to deny ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­ploy­ment to straight white males and move them to the mar­gins of so­ci­ety while si­mul­ta­ne­ously priv­i­leg­ing all who fall un­der the “di­ver­sity” um­brella.

The only up­side to all this is that the “de­plorables” marginal­ized by the pro­gres­sive left some­how be­came mo­bi­lized and en­gaged in the po­lit­i­cal process in search for so­lu­tions that serve their best in­ter­ests rather than the best in­ter­ests of the iden­tity- and gen­der- pol­i­tics po­lit­i­cal base.

To sur­vive and thrive, straight white males must fight the false nar­ra­tive of “white male priv­i­lege” with cur­rent and ac­cu­rate data in the ar­eas of education, em­ploy­ment, health, ad­dic­tion and sui­cide. The era of get­ting your way by call­ing in­di­vid­u­als unattrac­tive names and us­ing mob rule do not be­long in a democ­racy and should come to an end.

GOR­DON E. FIN­LEY Pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy emer­i­tus Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Mi­ami

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