Traits of US White Male Culture: Time is Linear and Future-Focused

Note: This column is part one of a six-part series on the characteristics of white male culture. We will work to examine how these traits show up in the world and tie them to events and behaviors that are in plain view of everyone who follows current events in the US and around the world.

Noted Jamaican-born political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur and orator Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

I love this quote. As a white man of Polish and Jewish ancestry, it reminds me that we have much to learn by reflecting on and learning from the past, our past. Reflection and remembering are important parts of Jewish culture.

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Traits of US White Male Culture: Status and Rank Over Connection

Note: This column is part one of a six-part series on the characteristics of white male culture. We will work to examine how these traits show up in the world and tie them to events and behaviors that are in plain view of everyone who follows current events in the US and around the world.

During the longest government shutdown in US history, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if she considered herself an equal to President Trump. It was a loaded question, asked during a political power struggle with President on one side and Speaker Pelosi on the other. President Trump is, well, THE PRESIDENT and the Speaker of the House role is #3 in the succession behind the Vice President. Everyone who covers politics knows this fact, including the reporter, so what was she really asking?

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