“What Do You Have Against White People?”

John Gormley, yesterday:

Ooh! I can answer the question! Global doesn’t have anything against white people. Global ran Andrew Russell’s story about the make-up of Trump’s cabinet (which is, factually, mostly white, male, and rich, which, also factually, isn’t demographically representative of the country he was (technically) elected to lead) because it’s news.

And that homogeneous make-up is, arguably, a problem — because a room full of white, rich dudes is saddled with a narrow range of life experiences informing their public policy. They won’t have experienced racism, sexism or poverty, and as a result they’re much less likely to understand ordinary people’s real, lived experiences.

So the make-up of Trump’s cabinet is absolutely a legitimate topic for a Global news story — especially after all the racist (“Mexican rapists”) and sexist (“Blood coming out of her wherever”) things Trump has said.

It sure as hell isn’t racist against white people, as Gormley implies.

That said: to me, if anything in Global’s tag line is conspicuous, it’s that it doesn’t mention how rich Trump’s cabinet is. But we’ll let that pass because Russell’s actual Global article sure does:

The 17 people Trump has so far selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have a combined wealth of $9.5 billion including DeVos – whose net worth is estimated at roughly $5.1 billion, according to Forbes.

I wish John Gormley worried more about narrow-minded, self-interested business elites being handed the keys to the U.S. government by a horrible, horrible man, and less about imaginary racism against white people.


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4 thoughts on ““What Do You Have Against White People?””

  1. “I wish John Gormley worried more about narrow-minded, self-interested business elites being handed the keys to the U.S. government by a horrible, horrible man….”

    He’s John Gormley. That’s pretty well a blueprint for a wet dream of his.

  2. No doubt Betsey deVos, Elaine Chao, Nikki Haley, and Linda McMahon are some disturbed to learn that they are “white rich dudes”.

    Again, comments sections in the online PD are not activated.

  3. 14 out of 18 (counting the NHL owner dude announced today) male. “Mostly” stands. Also, comments are now enabled.

  4. How does America ever go back from this? Along with the march toward rightwing extremism in Europe, it’s hard to see how anything but an actual World War can reset the global agenda to something more pragmatic like post-WWII. The extreme arrogance, self-importance and sensationalism (and likely incompetence) of this incoming administration will not be easily undone. Pretty much every value, no matter how corrupted by money, most Americans have governed by since WWII & the ’60s are being trashed by this freakshow billionaire fringe elite.

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