Monday, August 21, 2017

Kissin' Cousin of White Supremacy – White Masculinity

Rob Okum is the editor of Voice Male, a magazine that is dedicated to helping our society change the way we raise and view men and boys.

In his article, "The Poison of White Supremacist Masculinity," Okum states, "In our long-term strategy to address domestic terrorism we must make central raising emotionally literate boys, dismantling bullying masculinity, and demanding the CDC conduct a study of the mental health of boys and young men."

Okum and his colleagues have been writing and speaking for years about the gender of the killers—from Columbine to Orlando. He asks how people who covered murder suspect James Fields. Jr. failed to point out the obvious, that he was a disaffected, alienated 20 year-old male. 

"In white America’s ongoing work to unflinchingly take responsibility for our country’s shameful slaveholding origins, we must also examine how we socialize boys to become men. The kissin’ cousin of a white supremacist history is our patriarchal legacy...we must chop down the tree of violent, hate-filled white masculinity to get to the root of our malaise."