by Manic Lawyer, Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 05:38:01 AM EST
Here is an example of the white male supremacy paradigm operating even within the Obama Transition Administration:
A Capitol Hill grilling is likely for Timothy Geithner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the Treasury Department, after public revelations he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes several years ago. Yahoo NewsIf Geithner were a Black male, he would never be considered for this position in the first place, because he would not be part of Lawrence A. Summers' white male supremacy support group. If he were Black make who had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes, he would be led away in chains, and everyone would agree that he deserved it, and his skin color had nothing to do with it.
However, because Timothy Geithner is a white man he is protected by the white male supremacy paradigm, which is the:
belief that white males, no matter how much and how often they fail, are still, by virtue of their male gender and white skin, inherently more qualified than blacks and women who succeed. Francis L. Holland, DailyKos, December 16, 2006.The corollary to that definition is that white male supremacy is also:
The belief that Blacks and women, no matter how much or how often they succeed, are inherently inferior to white men, no matter how much or how often white men fail. Francis L. Holland, DailyKos, December 16, 2006.
Now, I'm sure that Geithner is a perfectly nice individual (aside from his participation an exclusively and intentionally all white male professional support group that got him nominated for this position in the first place), but Geithner has apparently flouted the tax laws in the very area for which he would be given so much authority, the Internal Revenue Service. His behavior makes a mockery of all Americans who paid their taxes, sometimes facing tax leins on their homes or losing their homes if they failed to do so.
It's alright, though, because Geithner is a white male. He won't be led away for chains, as was actor Wesley Snipes. He won't be subject to a three year jail term after being tried before an all-Black jury. (Snipes was tried in Louisiana before an all-white jury, although 31% of the population of Louisiana is Black, according to the US Census Bureau.)
So, who will win? The white male supremacy paradigm and the nomination of Timothy Geithner, who failed to pay his taxes and will now oversee the Internal Revenue Service? Or will a new sense of justice prevail? The same rejection of the white male supremacy paradigm that made Obama's election possible in the first place?
Can a Black male president help to perpetuate the white male supremacy paradigm? Obviously he can, because Timothy Geithner's nomination has not been withdrawn, and Obama continues to appoint white males who are guilty rather than women and Blacks and Latinos who are innocent.
Will white men win if the white male supremacy paradigm wins? Will they be better served by installing a man to lead the IRS who doesn't pay his own taxes? Would white males have won if that old crank and crackpot, 'the economy is basically strong' John McCain had won the presidency? Many of them thought not.