I usually find myself in the mix of protesters and organizers, marching in the streets during this time of year.
I’m talking about Mayday or as it’s known worldwide: International Labor Day.
This year I’m celebrating work, labor and salary… A little differently
I’m dubbing it ‘White Man’s History Day’
Mayday is our chance to celebrate all the great things white men have done in history!
We know white men were
- gang members
- war criminals
- slavers, owners and overseers
But we also know white men who were just like other groups in history. They worked hard, they tried to make a decent living.
In college I had a professor who lost half of his leg working on the Ports of New York City, as a longshoreman. His father and grandfather, and he says- ‘every father before that’ had been longshoremen.
He was also a union organizer, and proud of it.
(This is the same professor who told us that his college education was completely free, and his monthly rent in Manhattan was $40)
Our generation definitely has it worse than his.
But here we are, the 2015 graduation season. The best and worst of times.
I had them too. Worries and doubts. The sense of dread as I filled out job applications and fielded questions about what I’d do after college.
I ended up doing a year of service, with New York City Civic Corps.
But after the term was up I realized….a college education, pride in your work, a career trajectory: those are all privileges.
I enjoyed the work that I was doing, but I was still searching for ways to truly make a difference.
It seems the worst part about graduating from college into the real world, is never really getting a hold on that same sense of accomplishment everyone else seems to have.
I decided to write The World Without Racism because I knew that I wanted to accomplish one thing overall: no more racism in my lifetime. What I’d learned in college is that white guys need to have a healthy sense of pride too.
Workers Rights, Workers Options
International Labor Day is important, it’s the one day we stand up for the little man: black, white, yellow and brown. It’s warm outside, so we take to the streets. We have rights to fight for, so we take them.
And all because of some white guys rioting, looting, and burning their neighborhoods down, So for Mayday I’m celebrating the unions and the white guys.
Cheers to the ones who work hard just to not be beaten down.