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Question #45221 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

To preface this, I'm not a racist person. In the U.S., there is an organization called the NAACP (the National Alliance for the Advancement of Colored People) and several similar groups for other minorities. There are associations for women's rights (fyi, I'm a woman), for the elderly, and probably for just about anyone who's not a white male. So my question is: why, in our politically-correct society, will there probably never be an organization for the advancement of men or for Caucasian people (and I'm talking about a legitimate group, not the KKK or other White Supremacist gang). Isn't it a little unfair that white people and men don't have associations that they can be involved in?

- A white, politically-active female

A: Dear WPAF,

Why, in our politically-correct society, will there probably never be an organization for the advancement of men or for Caucasian people?

They're called social fraternities and sororities.

- Katya
A: Dear WPAF,

Or the Republican Party. Isn't that what they're stereotypically known for?

-habiba
A: Dear AWPAF~

I think the answer to this is pretty simple, really. The male white majority as a whole doesn't see a lot to be gained politically by forming such a group.

The NAACP and related groups are able to frame the plight of the people they represent in such a way that it looks like their rights are being trampled. Americans have a strange fetish about "rights", and so arguments like this often strike a raw nerve, and the group in question is more poised to gain power. Although I'm aware of political movements that have attempted to frame the while male majority as having their rights trampled, it never takes, because in a country that is still largely governed by white males, it's hard to make that argument stick.

But make no mistake: the NAACP and other groups that represent minorities (whether real or self-created) do not, have not, and never will look for equal rights, but rather they parade this banner around because it has a sure aim at the exposed nerve I mentioned above. Rather, they seek power. One of the key principles we learned in PoliSci, and the realization that the founding fathers had when they formed the brilliant document on which this country is founded, is that all political groups seek power. They will do what it takes to obtain them. It doesn't make them evil, it's just the nature of humanity.

Does that clear it up?

~Hobbes
A: Dear Hobbes

all political groups seek power. They will do what it takes to obtain them. It doesn't make them evil, it's just the nature of humanity.

Does you Death Squad constitute a political group?

-Humble Master
A: Dear Master of Humility~

Having already obtained infinite power, my Death Squad does not so much play politics as control it. It's the difference between a chess player and the rulebook to chess. The latter has nothing to prove.

~Hobbes