Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What if? White in America--The Never to be Made Television Documentary

The fallout continues from CNN's Black in America news special. In my conversations with friends and colleagues, there is a recurring question: What would a White version of Black in America look like? A hypothetical question, yes, but one that is still interesting and useful to work through. In the spirit of Black in America, we present to you our pitch for the never to be produced, television news special, White in America.

Segment 1
White Teenagers: Out of Control and at Risk

At a time when young people should be comfortably protected by their parents while also moving forward with their lives into adulthood, white teenagers are exhibiting self-destructive behaviors which threaten to undermine the fabric of white communities. White teens and young adults are most likely to binge drink, smoke, and at the college age, to have multiple sexual partners. STI's such as chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, and HPV are increasingly common among college age white women. As seen in the recent pregnancy cult in Gloucester, Massachusetts where at least 17 white teenage girls endeavored to become pregnant at one time, white teenagers are exhibiting sexual behaviors that border on the pathological--in the above case having unprotected sex with strangers, including random homeless men, in order to become pregnant. The casual nature with which white teens approach sex and sexuality is mirrored through the "new" dating conventions of "hooking up" where normal, suburban, white teens--young people from healthy homes--have multiple casual and short-term sexual relationships. Contributing to this crisis, is how the sexualization of young white women through beauty pageants, popular music and film, and the beauty industry, an early sexualization which is reinforced through peer pressure, has created a minefield for young white women where many ultimately have to struggle with mental health issues such as anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphic condition.

How can we help young white people? How have white parents let things get so bad? Where are white young people learning these lessons? What can responsible, white parents do?

Segment 2
A Plague Upon the Land: White Men, Workplace Violence, School Shootings, Hate Crimes, and Dead Wives

White men have long struggled with a culture of violence. While the culture of violence which afflicts white men has been moderated over time, American society is still struggling with this pathological behavior. White men have long held a near monopoly on being serial killers (the BTK killer, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and domestic terrorists (e.g. the KKK, Timothy McVeigh, and the UnaBomber) but the violence seems to be shifting its focus to schools and the workplace.

During the last decade or so, from Columbine, to Northern Illinois University, to Springfield, Oregon, to a high school in Minnesota, young white men have killed dozens of people, and wounded many more in murderous rampages. Workplace violence has also seen a marked increase where it has risen several orders of magnitude during the past few decades. This has been attributed by some critics to a tumultuous economy and the pressures felt by white workers:

Other critics would point to a dangerous populism brought about by the vitriol laced, "angry white male" narratives which underlie right-wing talk radio and television. Most recently, the shotgun wielding attack on a Unitarian church by Jim David Adkisson--the assailant blamed "liberals" for all of his problems--and his penchant for right wing propaganda, would seem to support this hypothesis.

Family members are often the first victims of violence. White women and children have been imperiled by the violence of white men. Daily, it seems that there are reports of white women and/or children being kidnapped or murdered (we label this the "Peterson" syndrome), often by their spouses.

These cases of white men engaging in murderous behavior are not confined to the United States, because in Finland, a high school age boy went on a murder-shooting spree at his local school. Most notably, in Austria, Josef Fritzl was arrested after imprisoning his children in an underground bunker where he ritually abused them, and in a shocking twist, impregnated his own daughter.

Is white male violence a global crisis? What can be done to stop this open season on white women and white children? What is fueling this culture of violence? Who is to blame?

Segment 3
School is No Longer a Place for Just the ABC's: Female Teachers Are Preying Upon Their Male Students

Teachers have a sacred trust. They prepare the next generation for life and are tasked with broadening their minds and intellect. However, this sacred trust has been betrayed in High Schools and Middle Schools across the United States. In dozens of known cases, the actual count is suspected of being much higher, white female teachers are having sex with their male students. As noted here, out of the dozens and dozens of reported incidents, and with rare exceptions, most of these teacher rapists are white women in their 30s and 40s. Beyond mere experimentation or moments of weakness, these sexually exploitative relationships develop and continue over long periods of time, and subsequently do irreparable psychological harm to the young male victims they involve. In some cases, the relationships involve group sex with multiple boys, or develop into "love relationships" where the teacher steals away to a foreign country in order to continue the illicit and illegal relationship.

Why are white women pursuing teenage boys? Is this criminal behavior a result of a culture which focuses too much on the sexual desirability of young women? Are older white women feeling neglected and left out? Is this recent fetishizing of white women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s--the Sex and the City phenomenon--to blame? Are white women feeling an unhealthy pressure to become either a MILF or a Cougar?

What can schools do to protect young boys from these predators? What are the warning signs that your son is being abused by a female teacher?

Segment 4
What are White Women to do? White Men, Down-low Culture, Cruising, Sex Cults, and to Catch a Predator

White men are indulging in sexually high risk and deviant behavior. While a cottage industry has been generated by the hysteria surrounding black men on "the down low," white men and white women have also been struggling with issues of sex, intimacy, and trust. In such high profile cases as the polygamist cult raid in El Dorado, Texas where 534 children were removed because their safety was at risk, to the lesser known bestiality and zoophilia cases in Oregon (where a man died from having sex with a horse), many white males have been exhibiting pathological sexual behavior.

Not confined to the masses, white male sexual deviancy is particularly jarring and disconcerting when one examines the behavior of white male elites. In a litany of high profile cases, white politicians (Larry Craig and many others), religious figures, and businessmen have confessed to living double-lives where they maintain relationships with men and women, and often involve prostitutes. Most troubling, many of these men, such as Ted Haggard are extremely homophobic and have made careers and fortunes based upon their outspoken crusades against gay people. These white men on the DL have committed a double breach of trust with their hypocrisy: they have betrayed the public as well as their families. White men on the DL are also pursuing high-risk sex in locations such as public rest rooms and internet chat rooms. As the television show, To Catch a Predator has repeatedly revealed, white men on the DL, a definition which we expand to include those men who seek out under-age boys and girls, are willing to risk their health and livelihood, and that of their partners:

These internet predators also include pillars of the community such as doctors, teachers, and religious leaders:

What can white women do? How can they know if their partner is on the down low? What are the health risks? If you find out your husband is cruising for sex in public bathrooms or on the internet how should you intervene? Should you stay in the relationship or should you go?

Segment 5
No End in Sight: The Methamphetamine Plague that is Destroying White Communities

Methamphetamine is destroying the fabric of Red State America. This easy to obtain, highly addictive drug is tearing apart families and communities. An estimated 1.4 million people suffer from this addiction, almost all of them white, suburban and/or rural. In fact, meth is no longer confined to rural America, its reach is expanding to include every part of the United States. The rural culture of drugs is so pervasive that not even Amish communities are immune from its grasp. No longer will the suburbs offer protection from the perils of this dangerous drug, as it has already has, or will shortly be, making inroads into what were once safe, white, suburban communities. Just as some parts of the United States were almost destroyed by the crack epidemic of the 1980s, entire communities in the South and Midwest are been torn asunder by this cheap and easily obtained drug.

How should you protect your family? What are the signs your child is on meth? What should the government do? Should drugs be legalized and regulated? If you live in a meth infested area what are you doing to protect your children and family? What is your day to day life like? How do you struggle through it?


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

This post should win an award. If only they could see themselves the way we see them! Too bad BET is a slave; their ratings would rocket if they had the guts to do this.

I have no awards to offer you for this, but I created a section of Best Individual Posts by Other Bloggers. This one has been added.

chaunceydevega said...

Thanks alot!

It is funny how some posts you expect to be timely and catch fire, and others land with a thud--as did this one.

This is one of my favorites, but you never know what will stimulate conversation.

Maybe it hit too close to home for some? or perhaps folks don't know what to expect from this blog so it caused more confusion than reflection.


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

I think it's partly about exposure. I don't know how much you leave comments at other blogs, but this can result in people getting curious about you and checking out yours.

Here's another story of racism combined with insanity I ran across a few minutes ago related to your post. White Canadian Man Assaults & Decapitates Sleeping 18 year old Aboriginal Passenger in Bus Seat Next To Him, Was Unprovoked

chaunceydevega said...

I just read that article, how twisted and macabre!!! Thanks, how ironic for sharing it. I may have to do something about this idea of racial terror and fear and how/why there isn't a racial frame attached to these incidents where it would be read as a crazy white man as opposed to a "criminal."


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Update on that story, Chauncey. The linked article got the races all wrong.

The victim looks and is probably white, or may be fair-skinned Native-North American, but the attacker has an Asian surname.

It will still be interesting if race was a factor in his attacking this young man. There was a college campus shooting a year or two ago where a young Asian guy was the perp, and he had written about his deep resentment toward whites. He was also crazy, like the other guy.

I think that if/when the darkest days of coming economic breakdown hits, we will see more acts of aggression between the races. So far few blacks have 'gone postal' compared to other races; hope this continues since we have enough other problems.

Mimi (Mae) said...

This was a really interesting and thought provoking post...I want to share it with my online friends, but I am not sure how they will take it...oh well, it is still worth passing on, so I will...

Anonymous said...

saw this via swpd and had to come check y'all out. this piece is very well done, and sums up my thoughts in a way that totally works.

BiA was completely sideways to what I thought it was gonna be...but when I started seeing the ads on CNN, I figured it wasn't gonna be great. But woo.

Thanks for this - it's awesome.

Blaque Swan said...

I copied this to my blog.

Really sweet! Thanks.

macon d said...

thanks for agreeing to re-posting this on my blog, chauncey, it really advances the discussion there.

BTW, here's another scary symptom.

Invisible Hand said...


Anonymous said...

that was excellent.

i am embarrassed to admit i actually watched some of the CNN special - and it was even worse than i expected.

Anonymous said...

This was an excellent post.

My question is, who would host these specials?

Lady Zora, Chauncey DeVega, and Gordon Gartrelle said...


Who do you think? A white host who is in the struggle or a black host white people trust? Perhaps an asian or hispanic host, so it seems neutral? But again, a self identified biracial host could work too.

I have a thought but I will wait till tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

On the gruesome murder mentioned in a poster's link article, he got the ethnicities all wrong. The attacker was Asian Canadian in origin, the victim probably native american or half anglo saxon....race had absolutely nothing to do with it and was a purely random act of murder..let's get our facts straight people and stop assuming everything is all about race or ethnicity...

Anonymous said...

One more correction relating to my own post and also in response to the previous post on the ethnicities...the murder took place in Canada on the TransCanada highway enroute to Winnipeg. The victim was Canadian, not sure if half-aboriginal and half anglo-saxon. Thanks!

chaunceydevega said...

@Anonymous-thanks for the post, and do be a recurring visitor.

A horrible situation all around. Interesting though, that our first response is to think it was a white person and that the crime was racially motivated. Perhaps this says something about the history of racial violence in this country and the paranoia and fear so many of us live under? Should we, and can we "get past" this? I don't know if we can or should as it can be psychically debilitating but also good common sense to have one's guard up.


Anonymous said...

Thanks! I will try to visit when I can. I found this topic particularly innovative and interesting and it was thought-provoking to read about the issues that also affects whites in america...

Isabelle said...

I just found your blog from a link on black folks. I didn't watch the CNN thing at all, but this is extremely thought-provoking. Your blog is extremely well-written and inspires a lot of thought. I look forward to reading future posts.

Anonymous said...

Got here via the Black Weblog Awards Blog which was linked to at Shakesville.

Truly excellent post!

Thank you.

Spinster said...

(Better late than never)

This post is priceless. Passing it along immediately.

VonDign said...

Wow as soon as i saw this on the black awards blog thing i knew i was in for some isht. Great piece man truly award winning isht. Ive thought about these things but to see a culmination of all of them like this is mind opening and somewhat satisfying lol ... ima link


ch555x said...

Good points!

RJ said...


This is a powerful message. Time to blow up EVERYONES spot. LOL

Anonymous said...

I found this blog/idea for a show to be very thought provoking. I believe that it is a very good idea to not only give a view of one race in this country but to bring to light the negs. and positives of all races. When shows like Black in America are aired people may think that problems such as these ONLY take place or "live" in the black community. Once people realize that no one race has certain problems and that PEOPLE have problems then that is when this country will truly have taken strides in the right direction.