Letter: Men have an obligation
“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” ― Albert Einstein
Men, with our power and privilege, it does not suffice to simply do no harm. We must condemn words and actions that dehumanize non-white males and women as “others.” Donald Trump’s demeaning words about women are not “locker room banter”; they are part of a warped male philosophy that fuel a culture of objectification, oppression and rape.
Many white men will decry the notion that they have more power or privilege, citing their own challenges, financial struggles or pain. As a psychotherapist, I get it. Life is full of suffering regardless of skin color, gender, nationality and race. However, one’s suffering does not negate the living realities of those without power, who face oppression and institutional racism in every facet of American life. As a white male, I do not know what it is like to not get a job interview because of the sound of my last name. I do not know what it is like to walk down the street in fear of being preyed upon the opposite sex.
White males are the majority of Congress, governors, the wealthy and virtually every position of power in the U.S. White men make more money than women, and way more than women of color with equal education. Just being a white male opens up countless doors that it seems only women and people of color can see.
With power comes responsibility, and yet many men remain silent in the face of victimization and oppression. Given that so much pain in the world is caused from masculine aggression — from rapes, domestic abuse, child abuse, mass shootings, wars and violent crimes committed by men to the destruction of the feminine earth — it is imperative that men lead solutions to national and global healing.
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