Cynthia, I understand what you are saying, and I want you to know that I am not an unfeeling, insensitive brute who is tone deaf to the cries of people who have been dealt with unfairly over these many years. Show me ANY situation involving ANY dynamic of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc., and I SINCERELY believe that I would side with what was fair and right every time. I have never (consciously — ah but there’s the rub, isn’t it??) used my status as a middle class white guy originally from coal country in West Virgina to gain an advantage — although I am fully cognizant of the fact that a lot of black people make the (specious) argument that since I am white and thus benefit from intrinsically racist white institutions that therefore I am by implied definition inexorably racist myself. That fancy-Dan rhetoric would presume to lock me into a kind of country club prison from which there is no escape, wouldn’t it? And I refuse to accept that. I have read articles recently in support of that idiot Degeong or DeGong (or whatever — I don’t have time or inclination to look up her name just now) who is a big hero at the New York Times and says vicious things about white people but who, somehow or other, is entitled to do so and is NOT RACIST. Well, fuck THAT for a game of marbles, OK? If I hate you because of the color of your skin, I am a RACIST. If you hate me because of the color of my skin, you are a RACIST. End of Story. You can’t have it both ways. But these people try to be slick and play a manipulation game. And guess what? If EVER the day came when white people and black people, and men and women resolved their differences and actually started loving each other, then most of these chronic complainers would be out of business, WOULDN’T THEY? The supreme irony of it all is this: All the African American studies and Women’s Studies programs on all the university campuses in America, the UK, and elsewhere (which are now the LAST places where free speech is to be found) INSIST on division, misunderstanding, and hatred between the races and genders. They do not want the problems to go away because their salaries depend on promoting the illusion of injustice even when injustice is not part of the equation. THAT is what I am tired of. Endless nitpicking, fault finding — and the facile conclusion that White Men are to blame of everybody’s troubles. I will soon publish a blog of my own on this subject and I will invite you to read it.But thanks for your response. I am always open to discussion and I hope, Mensch enough to admit if I am wrong. Here I do not believe that I am wrong. But what you say about the imbalance of things over the years is entirely true.