I stared at him for a second. I sometimes think I would be a better dad if I remembered this more frequently.
How does it feel mape be a white male? I could be flip and say it feels the way it always has. I American white male looking tell my sons what they probably already know: White men are, however, less likely to experience stressful life events than any other American demographic, which counts as a true privilege.
Given our status, we are surprisingly unhappy. We have the highest rates of suicide.
But that all would sound defensive. It is true American white male looking I have had moments when I wondered if other people think the world would be a better place without — well, not so much me as people who look like me.
And the sheer number of them American white male looking me wonder: Was my skin color now a kind of scarlet letter? Did people who encountered me presume I have serial assaults in my past, or that I am at least a harassing boor?
That I consider myself better than them?
I did a mental accounting of actions, gestures, and remarks I have made in my life that may have been inappropriate. So I tell them white men, like every other kind of person, vary widely some of us can even jump. People of any type can misuse power when they American white male looking it, and my kids should be prepared to speak out against such abuses.
Finally, I tell them being white and male will never again American white male looking employers automatically prefer me.
I believe at least, I hope that such a distinction will now go to people of color malw to women, which is a good thing for my profession and for society as a whole — and, when they enter the workforce, for my own sons.
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