IT’S ALL ABOUT POWER PART 3: WASP VERSUS THE RISING MARGINALIZED

INTRODUCTION

IT’S ABOUT POWER, NOT ABOUT THE ECONOMY

It’s All About Power Part 3: WASP versus the Rising Marginalized is the most apt description of the current state of power as it is contested in the United States. The 116th Congress is younger, more female, more ethnically and racially diverse, broader in acknowledged sexual orientation, and has more recent migrants than any previously Congress in the history of the United States of America. Many of its members were elected to replace older males of the 115th Congress who were of WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) heritage, as the latter is defined in “It’s All About Power Part 1: The Metamorphosis of WASP in the United States”. The composition of the 116th Congress is consistent with the demographics described in “Its All about Power Part 2: The Demise of Patriarchy in the 21st Century”, written and posted before the results of the US election on November 6, 2018 began to be reported.

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MALE MARGINALISATION REVISITED: THE CASE BARBADOS

It is now almost fourteen years from April 30th, 1986; when, I had the great honor to deliver the first Aubrey Phillips Memorial Lecture on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies as a tribute to my late mentor and colleague, Professor Aubrey Phillips. The subject and the title of that lecture was the Marginalisation of the Black Male. What followed was a controversy that has persisted until the present time. On the one hand, there have been those who are of the view that I had introduced a new dimension of the study of gender. On the other hand, there were those who accused me of obscurantism – a male chauvinist parading under the guise of scientific research, and of diverting attention from women’s issues. Continue reading