A year after the 2016 election, I overheard my first conversation in which two young men of color discussed the political issues of the day. … In the months and years to follow, all over Miami, in bars, coffee shops, and at the gym, I would overhear — and was sometimes pulled into — these rudimentary political conversations between young men of color. What was immediately obvious was that a majority, if not all, of these young men were brought into their nascent political awareness by issues relating to their masculinity and manhood. …
The gist of their beef: When the hell did it stop being okay to be a regular dude? …
New York Times columnist Charles Blow was recently caught off guard by the new reality and tweeted:
“Today my friends in Atlanta (black) saw a Facebook message from their old barber (black) imploring them all to vote for [President Donald] Trump. Don’t think that Trump’s message doesn’t resonate with a certain sector of black men. Also, barbers have a lot of sway in the black community.”
Blow’s alarm comes from the realization that this new voting bloc — a young, multicultural male coalition — might not be traditionally conservative, but on account of the progressive left’s post-2016 stance on masculinity, definitely won’t be voting Democratic if they vote at all. …
What did the left think would happen when they pushed the “toxic masculinity” rhetoric?
The race-essentialist line of thinking that has taken over the Democratic Party in which race determines worldview and political affiliation — and everything else for that matter — leaves one blind to other traits and beliefs that play a significant role in constituting a person’s identity.
In this case, they missed what is painfully obvious to anyone who isn’t blinded by race obsession: most men, irrespective of color or creed, think of themselves as traditionally masculine. The political awakening of young men of color, then, can be traced to the media’s treatment of white Americans, and more specifically, white men, after Trump’s victory in 2016. …
The idea behind toxic masculinity is simple: traditional conception of masculinity, even in its most benign facets, is at the root of all civilizational rot — men must be rehabilitated, lest they continue ruining the country and the planet. The mainstreaming of this narrative cleared the way for what would become a full-on assault on masculinity and the cultural uprisings that followed. There was the rise of the well-intentioned Me Too movement and the overreach of said movement; the derangement of the Kavanaugh hearings, in which anything said by a woman, no matter how unbelievable it may sound, was to be believed.
All of this cultural engineering was framed as a way to remove toxically masculine white men from positions of cultural and political power, but once again, the expert class was blind to a major unintended consequence of all their maneuvering: young men of color started to catch wind that this anti-white male hate would soon come for them.
What had started as a project to get rid of those evil white men had transformed into a war against masculinity itself. …
The left has gone too feminine:
For years now, the Democratic Party has rejected any masculine sensibility in favor of a gung-ho girl power aesthetic that caters strictly to the highly feminized, whether male or female. The Democratic National Convention was the apotheosis of this progressive feminization, a four-day event that resembled a weepy all-girl sleepover more than a political function. I was half-expecting Joe Biden to give his convention speech wearing a dress, but mercifully the old coot was allowed to wear a traditionally masculine and toxic suit.
All this to say that the Democratic Party is now the party of women and those who identify with the overly feminine sensibility. There’s nothing wrong with this being your cup of tea, of course, but Democrats shouldn’t be surprised when young men of all stripes are turned off by a party that is completely devoid of any masculine energy.
This is obvious to anyone who has ever associated with young Hispanic and African-American men, but as the Democratic Party is run by ultra-white and woke coastal elites who only ever pander to, but never actually associate with people of color — especially men — let me spell it out for them: Black and Hispanic young men, most of whom don’t reside in progressive coastal cities, are traditionally masculine and do not respond to the overly feminine posturing found in progressive circles.
The left used to champion the working class, but starting in the 1990s they abandoned those deplorables and instead switched to building a coalition of fringe identity groups as the key to gaining enough votes to win power. So the left courted all identity groups except white straight males, whom they demonized. The left celebrate and favor females, all racial groups except whites, and all sexualities except straight.
But the left’s bigotry backfires:
- By going anti-male, they lost many gays and ethnic males.
- By going anti-white, they lost many white women and gays.
- By going pro-non-straight, they lost many non-whites and women.
Meanwhile, by basing political leanings on immutable birth characteristics like sex and race, they have tribalized society. Once a society goes tribal, and divides up economic spoils along tribal lines, it is very hard to regain any sort of unity. Good one, lefties.