Click to use the Talking Dictionary 66. No Country for Old White Men


66. During his radio talk show, the popular host said, "Well, once again, nobody of color was nominated for an Oscar. Why? I'll tell you why. Because the academy consists of nothing but old white guys, that's why. Okay, Bob in Staten Island, go ahead."

Bob said, "First of all, 'old white guys' is disrespectful. How would you like being called an 'old brown guy'? Second, you're saying that old white guys never vote for people of color. That's not only false—it's racist.

"Third, this country was founded by old white guys, in case you forgot. They wrote the First Amendment, which allows you to say what you just said. Then there are the old white guys who fought in World War II. Without them, you'd be speaking Japanese right now. I guess you forgot about that too. And what about the old white guys who created our national transportation and communication systems, health care system, and power grid?

"Finally, old white guys created light bulbs, motion pictures, air conditioning, elevators, planes, vaccines, TVs, computers, Cadillacs, Walmarts, and McDonalds. These are just some of the things that have helped make America the greatest country in the world, the country that everyone wants to come to. Then when they get here, some of them—like you—complain about the very people who made this country worth coming to.

"You bad‐mouth them, yet you enjoy using everything they created. You've made a small fortune in America, yet you constantly talk about how great your home country is. So why are you here? Go back home. Make room for people who appreciate old white guys and everything they've done."

The host said, "I'm not going anywhere, and I don't owe old white guys anything. Everything they created, they built it on the backs of slaves and other people of color. Maybe you forgot that little fact." 5.7, 315


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