To the Editor:
At a time when Metty Pellicer is releasing a book about growing up black in Cape Charles, we are watching the continuing systemic prejudice against the white male in America, and it matters to hardly anyone.
In fact the law allows it, the law promotes it, and our media is shoving it down our throats.
Affirmative Action has been a government sponsored racist program from it’s very inception about 50 years ago. It is a federal government program that scoffs at the concept where we are all supposedly created equal. Quotas were created where women, minorities, the disabled and veterans were all given quotas of explicit preferential treatment for hiring, housing and government run social programs.
I myself was told several times I could not be hired, federal quotas had to be filled, and I needed to look elsewhere for work. This federal law continues to be enforced to this day. In a very real sense it is the exact same thing as the attitude that put up a “whites only” sign over a public water fountain. I also cannot fix it. I cannot change the color of my skin.
Does the passage of time fix all such dilemmas ? Who knows ? What I do know is that our media and advertising beat such drums and subtly drive the message home. Want some support for that theory ? L.L. Bean. I bet I am not the only person on The Shore who is on their catalogue mailing list. Open it. Look at it. 64 pages. The models inside ? Full body shots head to toe ? Several oriental women, men and women of color, and some white women. There are zero full body shots of white men. There are some white men in the catalogue modeling pants that are headless, and their entire upper torso cut right off.
If you don’t think a statement is being made you are quite blissfully naïve.
Me? I am vociferously fighting back. You can follow my F150 to Church or the boat ramp. It’s the one with the new bumper sticker that “White Boots Matter” on the back.