Affinity Magazine, a liberal magazine with pieces written by teens for teens, is promoting the idea that white men shouldn’t be able to vote anymore. Why? Because white men have never been oppressed, so they should have to experience that.
“The benefits of reversing white men’s suffrage was definitely worth discussing,” writes the author, Malia Rolt. “After all, women and people of color went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice.”
She proceeds to say that women and people of color should respond to the unspecified ongoing oppression of women and minorities by oppressing men.
“Do oppressors of minorities and women deserve to choose to continue our oppression, or should we help them by withdrawing the right to vote from them for a while until we can truly get on the same page and connect?” she wrote.
If I’m following her logic, she believes the correct way to correct racism and sexism is to be both racist and sexist. However, this time, the aim is to deliberately teach the group—in this case, white men—a lesson.
Rolt proceeds to relate the obstacles to voting for people of color and women. She also, wrongly, notes that white men have had “few problems” voting. Because they’ve always been able to vote, reasons Rolt, then “they will never understand the kind of injustice others have faced.”
The answer to their lack of empathy is disenfranchisement. If they don’t have a voice in politics, then they will be able to understand what it’s like to be a woman or a person of color.
“[B]anning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause,” writes Rolt.
But as the Daily Caller points out, all men have not always been able to vote. Ignoring the rest of world history and just examining American History, a quick look reveals that in 1776, only those who owned land could vote. By 1989, only 6% of the population could vote—and some of those landowners were widows. It wasn’t until 1856 property ownership requirements were removed from all state laws.
Rolt has no mention of how she would like to implement her plan; how she thinks the government would function without the influence of 30% of the population. Even more than the practical aspects, Rolt’s opinion piece represents the disconnect between a large portion of the left and reality.
“Rolt’s adolescent rant is emblematic of the Left’s desire to tar all whites with the same brush,” adds The Daily Caller.
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