In its infinite leftist wisdom, a magazine called Affinity published a piece by an Asian teenager who describes herself as “passionate about social justice and politics, a hardcore feminist, #BLM supporter and LGBTQ+ rights advocate,” arguing that white men should be denied the vote because unlike people of color, they were never denied the vote in the U.S.
Malia Rolt writes:
Last time a journalist dared to use their platform and freedom of speech to discuss this question on the Huffington Post, she was silenced and the article was taken down. However, I saw it and thought that the benefits of reversing white men’s suffrage was definitely worth discussing. After all, women and people of colour went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice. Despite the fact that we are given the illusion of democracy today (even though in reality the electoral college decides our future for us), do oppressors of minorities and women deserve to choose to continue our oppression, or should we help them by withdrawing the right to vote from them for a while until we can truly get on the same page and connect?
Ranting further, Rolt writes:
Women were not allowed to vote in the United States until 1920, so that’s over a millennium of women lacking the right to vote. And what reparations have been paid since then? Nothing. Where’s the justice for women? Black suffrage in the United States has also been a slow process where even when people of colour were legally allowed to vote in the 1860s, there were many obstacles such as the “Black Codes” and voter intimidation in general. Where’s their justice? Nowhere to be found. Historically, white men have had few problems voting and the way things are going, they will never understand the kind of injustice others have faced.
Rolt argues 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.”
And now for a history lesson: in 1776, when the United States was born, only people who owned land could vote; by 1989, only 6% of the population could vote. In 1856, North Carolina became the last state to remove property ownership as a requirement to vote. In 1870, blacks were given the right to vote by the 15th Amendment; women were granted the vote in 1920 by the 19th Amendment.
As far as “systemic injustice,” buzzwords that convey nothing because they paint with a broad brush instead of referencing specific instances that can be addressed, Rolt’s adolescent rant is emblematic of the Left’s desire to tar all whites with the same brush.