Maria Rolt, a far-left activist, published a piece in Affinity Magazine questioning whether or not white men should have the right to vote, Daily Caller reports.
“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.”
Rolt essentially argues that because white men have historically been an oppressor class, abolishing their right to vote only begins to correct for past injustices. However, it is far more likely that Rolt’s position is politically-motivated.
Anyone who closely follows politics knows that white men are the most Republican-leaning demographic. According to CNN exit polling data, 60% of white men voted Republican in the 2018 midterm elections. White women, the second most Republican-leaning demographic, evenly split between the two parties. Therefore, if white men did not vote, it would be very difficult for a Republican to win a national election.
“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.”
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