Do White Men Really Deserve To Vote?

Last time a journalist dared to use their platform and freedom of speech to discuss this question on the Huffington Post, she was silenced and the article was taken down. However, I saw it and thought that the benefits of reversing white men’s suffrage was definitely worth discussing. After all, women and people of colour went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice. Despite the fact that we are given the illusion of democracy today (even though in reality the electoral college decides our future for us), 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?

Women were not allowed to vote in the United States until 1920, so that’s over a millennium of women lacking the right to vote. And what reparations have been paid since then? Nothing. Where’s the justice for women? Black suffrage in the United States has also been a slow process where even when people of colour were legally allowed to vote in the 1860s, there were many obstacles such as the “Black Codes” and voter intimidation in general. Where’s their justice? Nowhere to be found. Historically, white men have had few problems voting and the way things are going, they will never understand the kind of injustice others have faced. 

Now, history lessons aside; many people who disagree so far might be thinking, “Yes, all this injustice that happened in the past was undoubtedly awful. However, two wrongs don’t make a right.” However one can’t be sure if withdrawing the white man’s vote could be considered a “wrong”. Furthermore, the point here that has to be made is that banning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause. In contexts like these, identity politics can be helpful, empowering and contributing to an important learning experience. White men who want to become better allies always come across the problem of “I will never understand what it feels like to be systemically oppressed” but this proposal may further their understanding of minority needs and improve relations between different genders and races, which is the ultimate goal; equality. 

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  1. This was an interesting read, with compelling arguments as to why white men should be temporarily banned from voting, until they can get their act together to vote Democrat! Who knows, maybe they’ll never see sense and we’ll have to keep them banned for ever. Wouldn’t that be amazing?!

    But I have one question, because their colour is debated. What about Ashkenazi Jews? They look extremely white, however the evil Far Right do not see them as white. Rather, they see them as impostors and not real white people. Would they be allowed to vote?

  2. That article you reference at the beginning was taken down when it was discovered by HuffPo that the supposed author appears to not exist. The email was then traced to Marius Roodt, a researcher at a South African think tank. He subsequently resigned from his job. Google the names Shelley Garland and Marius Roodt for details.

    Basically, it was a troll by Roodt to highlight the lax standards in journalism. “Shelley’s” picture was of Roodt himself, dressed in drag for a costume party.

    So, do what you want with that. I thought that this article might cause you some embarrassment when people begin to notice it.

  3. You are a total moron. White men invented the vote. Then, suicidally, they gave that privilege to everyone. White men are the first people to abolish slavery. Slavery is still practiced today in the Middle East and Africa. White men = civilization. No white men = no civilization. Get a grip. You can thank white men for nearly every invention and accomplishment the world has ever seen. That computer you’re complaining about white men on? It was invented and built by white men. That electricity you’re using? Discovered by white man. That language you are currently speaking, yeah you guessed it, it was invented by white men. The internet you use to complain about white men was invented by white men. That phone you use everyday, it was invented by a white man. You owe your entire comfortable existence to white men and do nothing but complain about them. If you piss us off enough, we have the capability to enslave or wipe out the entire rest of the world, easily. No other race has this power, a power they created entirely by themselves and a power that we choose not to exercise. Instead, we do nothing but share all our achievements with all others without asking anything in return. And you sit there and say that white men don’t deserve to vote? What else that white men have invented and shared can they not use anymore? Electricity? Airplanes? Cars? Concrete? Plastic? Democracy? Can we still use these things or is that not allowed anymore? Idiot.

  4. I sure am glad a 16-year old such as yourself has actually even troubled herself to crack a book; most nowadays don’t.

    Besides that, I must say – White men built America, and as such, have every right to dictate the terms of what happens within their country… In theory, anyway; it has been contrary to this fact as of late, because many people are paid and/or coerced to go against the nation’s legitimate interests.

    And how about Africa, India, or any number of other countries that STILL disallow voting by women and/or others? Where’s the outrage you should equally express for them?

    Or… Do you just enjoy being a misinformed hypocrite? Genuinely curious.

  5. This was proven to be fake news, the actual author wanting to prove how easy it is to get an article published in Huffpo as long as it attacks white males. There was actually a hearing recently regarding this article with regards to it being hate speech or not. If you want to be ignorant, at least be original.

  6. As a native american history teacher I urge you to pick up a history book. First off, a millennium is 1000 years. Women in America didnt vote for some 200 years, and it wasn’t all women. Affluent women did vote. Second, the only people who voted in America for 103 years was land owners, 60% of “white men” didnt vote because they didnt have enough money.

    And lastly, to refuse a civil right (voting is deemed a civil right) is racism. For your theory to be feasible the end result must be the end of all racism in America if you ban white men from voting. We both know people like you will always believe everything is racist, because you base a judgment on a lack of knowledge and inexperience. Stay in school please, and listen in class, keep your mouth shut, and learn. You will never learn without hearing another voice but yours

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