This summer is a particularly hard one for me. My little boy will start kindergarten in less than a month. Of course I know he’ll do well in school, family genetics have definitely made an impact I can already see, and sometimes lament when he outsmarts me. In fairness, he probably won’t be the greatest athlete of all time, but that probably points back to family genetics too, particularly me. We all have our gifts and going to school and participating in extra-curricular activities are meant to bring out those gifts and guide us towards future professions.
Unfortunately this summer will also be bringing more economic killing legislation, but what is more offensive to me is the diminished opportunities available for white boys thanks to the gender and racial quotas in the new Financial Reform bill. We have taken another step towards making white men second class citizens. It is hard for me to accept, that I supported one of the Senators that will be green lighting this legislation.
My son was born on the 4th of July, I thought it was really cool at the time, but now it feels like a cruel joke. For some reason, I had convinced myself I was having a girl. I am ashamed to say that as I held him shortly after his birth, I had a feeling of sadness come over me when I realized he would grow to be the most hated demographic in America. He had done nothing, but that part of his fate was already sealed simply by the color of his skin and the fact he is a boy.
Today, overwhelmed with anger over this legislation, I called each of the offices of Snowe, Brown and Collins. I asked them what kind of professions should I encourage my white boy to pursue. No one had any answers. The staffer at Collins office told me he didn’t feel he should have to answer that question, and then hung up on me.
My suggestion to each of these Senators is that they get together and sponser legislation listing professions that they believe would be acceptable for white men to pursue. My son is very smart, but I don’t want him to waste his time getting educated in a particular area if he will be denied a job based on the color of his skin and his sex. It reminds me of a saying I heard once, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”