Now the hold on power that these guys always took for granted is slipping away. However, their racial rhetoric is still very dangerous. Hitler used it to rise to power and take over Germany by pretty much stating that Jews had wrested power from “Aryan” natives. It was also used when the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 and resurrected in 1915.
Still, white guys don’t have too much to worry about yet. Why? They’ve still got all the money! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median net worth of white households is about $113,149. Compare that with $6,325 for Hispanics and $5,677 for blacks, and it’s easy to see that wealth is nowhere near evenly distributed among racial categories. That means that for the foreseeable future, white Americans can continue to comfortably adhere to the “golden rule”: He who has the gold makes the rules.
And most of all, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and the others get four more years to make their livings bitching about people who don’t agree with them. So they’ll all probably make out like fat rats.
But what is beneficial for nonwhites is that in national elections, we have the “golden ticket”: the vote. That is a tool that can work to even the playing field, and now that we have it, we’re not letting it go. We finally realize, in large-enough numbers, what a blessed privilege it is to cast a ballot. The evidence is poignantly tangible that white men must now share America with everyone else.
In the 18th century, white men who were afraid of what enslaved blacks would do if they became educated passed laws that forbade teaching them to read. These were the same men who followed doctrines declaring that blacks were three-fifths of a person and who considered it preposterous that a woman should vote.
It is ironic that the people they wanted to prevent from gaining power now have a blueprint for it.
Madison Gray is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based writer and Web journalist. Follow him on Twitter.