Heather Gray August 20, 2019
Donald Trump keeps referring to virtually any male, other than white males, as being the problem with rape and murder in America. He’s wrong in this assessment, as white males are the problem and mental health, as he also states repeatedly, is not the critical issue. There is far more at stake. Trump’s strategy to divide and rule is an age-old practice of the ruling elite in capitalist systems. In America, it is the 1% upper class that desire this divisiveness along with the age-old directive that “People are treated differently for profit.”
Regarding Rape: White Males are the Problem in America
Demonizing Mexicans as rapists is a time-honored tradition of American letters and politics. The idea that hombres are fundamentally devious perverts hell-bent on violating the honor of white and Mexican women alike is soldered on the American psyche-even though it’s based on goddamn lies.
This canard gained national prominence recently when Donald Trump angered any American with a soul after saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” But his stereotyping of Mexicans as sexual predators wasn’t original. Ann Coulter boasted on Twitter “all that spicy stuff about Mexican rape culture came from” her giving Trump an advance copy of her book , ¡Adiós, America! And she wasn’t even the first unfunny blonde to trot out that tired line: in 2013, comedienne-of-the-moment Amy Schumer joked, “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.” (Politico)
Yes, Trump accuses males from other countries as being rapists, yet as is usually the case he knows neither the history nor the truth of the issue. Nevertheless, below is some information about statistics vis a vis white US males vs Latinos, noting that the white males account for 71% of all sexual assaults and Latinos at 9%. This was from a 2011 government report. Please note, as in the excerpt below from Politico, that 63% of the US population is white, so the percentage (71%) of rapists far exceeds the percentage of the white population; whereas 17% of the US population is Latino meaning that the percentage of rapists (9%) is far less than it’s population.
Donald Trump’s Wrong. Mexicans Aren’t Going to Rape You.
White Americans are far more rape-y than Mexicans can ever hope to become.
By GUSTAVO ARELLANO
July 08, 2015
…Latinos can-and better-rage at the cheap political points earned by sliming Mexicans with the rapist stereotype. And the best way to do it is with the truth: A 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office study “Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs” found that of the three million arrests of immigrants, legal or not, examined by investigators, only two percent were for sex offenses-two percent too many, but hardly an epidemic. It didn’t break down the ethnicity or legal status of the offenders, but the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey breaks down such stats by victims. For 2013 (the most recent year available), it shows that whites accounted for 71 percent of all sexual assaults documented (above their total percentage of 63 percent of the U.S. population), while Latinos accounted for 9 percent, far below their total percentage of 17 percent. (Politico)
Regarding Killing: Violent White Males are the Problem in America
Trump also infers that those from other countries are the killers. This is simply not the case. White males far exceed the killing rate compared to any other group in America. Please see the chart below on mass shootings:
This statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and August 4, 2019, by race and ethnicity of the shooter(s). Between 1982 and August 2019, 64 out of 114 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters. The Las Vegas strip massacre in 2017 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2019, with 58 people killed, and over 500 injured. (Statistica)
Attacking the Most Vulnerable with Assault Weapons
How do serial killers get away with murder? For years, law enforcement, true crime writers, and journalists have portrayed serial killers as criminal masterminds. But, a closer look at serial homicide cases reveals a different story: Serial killers are opportunists who target marginalized and vulnerable populations. (Sage)
Please also note that all these recent killers and other killers in the past will invariably attack our most vulnerable – school children, and/or adults who they know will not carry firearms.
Stephen Paddock had numerous guns and used an “automatic” weapon to kill 59 people and injure more than 500 now suffering individuals. And Paddock’s use of an “automatic” weapon for this killing spree was the first ever in an American massacre! And no authorities knew he had a sizable compilation of weapons? And/or there was no surveillance of him? That, in itself, is a tragedy.
The same is true of these recent killers who also had assault weapons: Connor Betts (age 21) in Dayton, Ohio (shooting 26 and killing 9) and Patrick Wood Crusius (age 24) in El Paso (killing 22 people and injuring more than 2 dozen).
So, what are white males trying to prove by attacking our most vulnerable? Clearly, these white males are feeling marginalized. But because, for one, of the serious lack of economic analysis and education in American society, due to the Cold War mentality from the 1950’s and beyond, they don’t understand the mechanisms of the class creations that benefit the 1% in the American capitalist system.
What to do about violent white males? Some history!
“It’s the economy, stupid” (Carville)
Violent “white” American males are the problem in America as they have killed and raped far more Americans than any other male group. Yet, just imagine the press and comments from Donald Trump if Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock in 2017, or killers Connor Betts in Dayton, or Patrick Wood Crusius in El Paso in 2019 had been Black males or Mexican males or Middle Eastern males or Muslim males. Under those circumstances, I can just hear Trump saying, “See, I told you so! We need to control them or get rid of them!”
So the question remains, when is the press and, especially, Donald Trump and his supporters, going to acknowledge that these were violent crimes by “white” males and that it is “white” American males who are far more dangerous than any other male group in the United States. Is it not time for white males in America who are concerned about the violence by other white males to begin addressing this issue?
I think it is way past time for some action by concerned white males themselves and the white community overall to finally address this issue of violent white males. It is the white elite, after all, that call the shots. Black friends of mine in the South have told me that KKK members would never do anything without the approval of the white elite… and years ago the renowned civil rights leader Reverend Joseph Lowery has noted the the Klan no longer has white sheets over their heads. Instead, he said, that in today’s world, the white leaders of the Klan are sitting in corporate board rooms.
The inference from Reverend Lowery, then, is that it is many of these white corporate leaders that are determining and/or supporting much of Trump’s policies that lead to this divisiveness and violence, along with policies that benefit the white corporate elite, and most certainly not the 99% of America.
Nevertheless, the white working class, in this capitalist US country, has always served as the pawns of the white elite. At the behest of slave owners in the South, the non-slave owning whites were the slave patrols in the back roads of the south searching for escaped slaves. The non-slave owning whites were also one of the major reasons why the Civil War began in the first place. This is because the slave owning South wanted to expand slavery into the west to appease the poorer white males who wanted and were demanding land and slaves of their own. The northern states and Congress said, in response, “no way” were they going to allow that.
So, there was the Civil War starting in 1861, and then Congress issued the Homestead Act of 1862 and there was, of course, finally the Emancipation Act in 1863 that ended slavery.
But to accommodate whites, the 1862 Homestead Act provided millions of acres of free land to the non-slave owning white America, while conversely the freed slaves were denied their 40 acres and mules. The 1930 Removal Act also took land away from Native Americans to give to whites:
White Americans were also given a head start with the help of the U.S. Army. The 1830 Indian Removal Act, for example, forcibly relocated Cherokee, Creeks and other eastern Indians to west of the Mississippi River to make room for white settlers. The 1862 Homestead Act followed suit, giving away millions of acres – for free – of what had been Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. Ultimately, 270 million acres, or 10% of the total land area of the United States, was converted to private hands, overwhelmingly white, under Homestead Act provisions. (PBS)
It’s true that the US government gave free land in the west to whites but did not allow for slavery. Yet, none of these ‘acts’ have ever been enough to address the problematic mindset of white males in America, all of which is also compounded by the huge economic inequities of the US capitalist system in today’s world which impacts the 99% of Americans regardless of color.
Build Coalitions of Black, Brown and White Working Folks
There have, in the past, been important coalitions of black and white working class and/or farmers to challenge the white elite. You can be assured that this is not something that the US white elite wants. Instead, they prefer to use the white working class, in particular, for their own benefit as Trump is doing now. To repeat, Trump, in fact, is applying the Marxian analysis of it all. It was Marx, after all, who wisely noted that “People are treated differently for profit!”
Nevertheless, one of the most profound coalitions in the US history of both blacks and whites was the Southern Tenants Farmers Union (STFU) created in 1934 in Arkansas. I was fortunate to go to the 50th anniversary of the STFU in 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee.
As I noted, in my 2017 article of the STFU, there have always been attempts by the American white elite to maintain conflicts between whites and people of color which makes everyone easier to control. Briefly, below is from my STFU article about this issue:
Historically, I have also found that the prevailing racism and white supremacy in America have hindered, to a large degree, the necessary organizing work and collaboration between working folks – black, brown and white – to address and organize against these inequities and, instead, working toward a more just collective economic system. In the South, what the “white” capitalist elite have invariably done, under this essentially feudal-like system, is to create conflict between the white and black workers in order to control labor altogether. The white working class has, therefore, invariably served as the puppet of the elite and consequently against their own interests.
Conclusion and Recommendations
I would also venture to say that those of us who are “white” Europeans along with Latino, African and Asian descent colleagues need to address this violent prone segment of white males in terms of:
(1) Gun control? Now there’s a unique idea that seems to get nowhere in the US Congress;
(2) Education, historical and philosophical orientation regarding appreciation of the other;
(3) Begin to learn more about the vast array of the world’s cultures presently and world history overall and how American culture is a blend of it all;
(4) Learn about and understand our human history including that all of us humans originally come from Africa;
(5) How different cultures in America have inspired prevalent cultural aspects, inventions, new markets, etc.;
(6) How US foreign policies and military interventions have led to the destabilization of countries throughout the world leading to refugees seeking refuge from violence due to the US destabilizing policies and that these US militarized interventions need to stop;
(7) Creation and support of more labor unions composed of black, brown and white workers of both genders – these need to be encouraged and created everywhere;
(8) Medicare for All? Now there’s a wonderful idea that Republicans keep denying Americans;
(9) Reinstitute the taxes on the 1% in America that Trump outrageously ended;
(10) The inequitable exploitative capitalist economic system that benefits primarily the 1% in America needs to change altogether so that job opportunities, health care, education, union rights, cooperative economic development, etc. etc, are available for all regardless of class, color or gender;
(11) Importantly, address the issue of exploitative and unhealthy food produced by corporate chemical based American agribusiness and encourage altogether the growth of locally grown healthy organic produce;
(12) And finally, and most importantly, the US needs to step away from the impact of the Cold War mentality and begin to educate to populace overall about capitalism and how it exploits labor, and all of us 99%, for profit.
I know there’s much more that needs to be addressed in America. Those of you who are recipients of the Justice Initiative, please send your ideas to Heather Gray.
Clearly, we all have a lot of work to do!