History, Politics, Satire, Social Commentary

Endangered Species

When a creature is deemed so valuable that they’re treated as an endangered species, you know you have something special. That creature must be such a rare gem that when it goes missing, a sudden loss is felt by society and especially the media. People will form search parties that will check between the cushions in every house and every nook and cranny within a 30-mile radius while calling her name. If she is not quickly found, every person who intimately knows her will be questioned about their history with her. All stops must be pulled in order to ensure the protection of the missing white woman.

Although they are found in abundance in America, something about them is so special that must be safeguarded from any perceived threat. The innocence they exude is of the utmost extremity that no matter the circumstances surrounding their disappearance, the quest for their whereabouts goes to defcon-1. The automatic assumption when they turn up missing and tell no one of their activities, foul play must be afoot because paranoia suddenly takes hold. Nefarious circumstances are presumed and if reports that certain undesirable people lurk around their last known whereabouts; the search party turns into a lynch mob. Heaven forbid if any that is suspected has a criminal record.

The cultural capital commanded by white women is unquantifiable, yet unspoken and incredibly immense. Those factors are increased a thousand fold if the woman is young and society decrees she has a high level of pulchritude; society and the media will go to defcon-3. Having this experience is totally alien to those whose ethnic background does not command empathy and society renders their humanity and concerns invisible. What white woman lose in wages compared to their male counterparts, they can make up for in access to societies emotional cords. Although there is a class hierarchy, even those on the lower rungs of power have benefits allotted based on how low their melanin content is.

The white woman is seen as the holy grail for minorities to enter into a relationship with because that indicates a higher social status. Yet, there are many tacit signals that minorities should avoid white women like the bubonic plague, which can save their life. The purity of white women is worth protecting at all cost which may include domestic terrorism. The white light of authority not only turns a blind eye to such atrocities, but they rationalize such events based on fake news. This is proof that inequality is deeply ingrained culturally and expands outward into every sphere of life regarding what lives matter.

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