Manhood is a fraught term, these days.
It is about corrupt power, but it’s also about basic kindness. It is about loving compassion, but it’s also about anger and guilt.
White men, in particular, get a lot of hell from liberal circles, these days. So much hell that a majority of them, saying, hey I didn’t do it, I’m not racist, I don’t have it so good—helped elect a racist corrupt joke of a President who’s effing our whole country for allllll of us.
It ain’t right to run from guilt and vote for a bad human, but it also ain’t right to accuse an entire gender of fundamental sin—no matter how understandable and justifiable that anger is.
Accountability is necessary. Healing is necessary. Working together is necessary.
So let’s stop warring with ourselves and unite around equality–around honesty–around caring for those more vulnerable than us. Let’s establish healthcare and safe streets and a decent education as basic rights—what FDR called the second Bill of Rights. Let’s fight climate change “before” (or after, I’ll take after at this point) it’s too late.
Let’s turn our nation toward decency—toward a civilization where all of us can live together. After all, we have no choice.
Even the mercilessly, heartbreakingly bloody Civil War didn’t “get rid” of that command: figure out how to live together.