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Opening Arguments

White ain't right!

The best term I can think of for the age we're living through is "fascist tolerance." Tolerance is the new religion, and apostasy must be punished swiftly and severely . The victims are really piling up now, to the point where we have people feeling guilty for the circumstances of their birth.

“I am a white, male poet—a white, male poet who is aware of his privilege and sensitive to inequalities facing women, POC, and LGBTQ individuals in and out of the writing community—but despite this awareness and sensitivity, I am still white and still male. Sometimes I feel like the time to write from my experience has passed, that the need for poems from a white, male perspective just isn’t there anymore, and that the torch has passed to writers of other communities whose voices have too long been silenced or suppressed. I feel terrible about feeling terrible about this, since I also know that for so long, white men made other people feel terrible about who they were. Sometimes I write from other perspectives via persona poems in order to understand and empathize with the so-called ‘other’; but I fear that this could be construed as yet another example of my privilege—that I am appropriating another person’s experience, violating that person by telling his or her story. It feels like a Catch-22.”

Oh, the shame! To have been born white and male and not be able to do anything about it!

It's always bothererd me that black conservatives have sometimes been hit with the accusation that they are "self-hating blacks," as if straying from the liberal orthodoxy is proof they can't think and come to rational conclusions, so maybe I ought to be careful here. But he sure sounds like a self-hating white! Hell, he proclaims it!

Oh, well, while I'm at it: Bruce, Bruce, Bruce. There, I said it, Oh, and, "he."