It occurs to me with increasing frequency that I somehow have membership in a minority group that is far from popular in this land of the free and home of the brave. The trouble is that I am a WASP, a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant. It distresses me even more to discover that I and my kind are not only disliked but also disorganized. No one now can criticize a Black or a Jew or an Irishman, and Frank Sinatra is very protective of the Italians. Practically all the words that I learned to use on “foreigners” I have had to clean out of my vocabulary. Meanwhile, anyone who wants to can blame a WASP for anything, and do so with impunity. It is time to organize!
We are even told that we cannot organize because we are already organized; it seems that we all belong to the Establishment. The Establishment controls the government (except for the Irish in Boston) and all the money (except for the Jews in New York) and all the big businesses (except for those we don’t control, like the news media, for example). And I belong to this establishment? Just exactly where do I hook into all this power structure I hear so much about? And even if I should belong to the Establishment, I certainly didn’t join it; I have no membership card, and for the life of me I can’t figure out how to resign. Assuming I am in the Establishment and assuming I should like to get out of it, just where do I report in?
So how do we WASPs campaign for our own protection? Take the fact that I am white, for example. What am I supposed to do about that? Maybe we should start a “White is beautiful” campaign. I might have a go at that, but my last trip to the beach was too discouraging. There are some whites who are beautiful, but my general impression at the beach was that ...1
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