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What's Up With White Women—And White Men?
Since I began writing for
and American Enterprise.com in 2001, there is one
article that has been
more often quoted than any other:
What's Up With White Women? (It appeared on
My original article was meant to
call attention to the fact that the attitude of white
White men don't stand in a very good place, according to many white women. White men have failed.
This article came about as the
result of a simple exchange between myself and a white
female student, back when I was teaching at
"Look, Dr, Yeagley, I don't see anything about my culture to be proud of. It's all nothing. My race is just nothing."
The girl was white. She was tall and pretty, with amber hair and brown eyes. For convenience' sake, let's call her 'Rachel.'
I had been leading a class on social psychology, in which we discussed patriotism – what it means to be a people or a nation. The discussion had been quite lively. But when Rachel spoke, everyone fell silent.
"You're not proud to be American?" I asked.
"Oh, I'm happy to be
American, but I'm not proud of how
Her choice of words was telling. She was "happy" to be an American. But not "proud" of it.
On one level, I wasn't surprised. I knew the head of our American History department at Oklahoma State University-OKC, and I recognized his hackneyed liberal jargon in Rachel's words. She had taken one of his courses, with predictable results.
Yet, I was still stunned. Her words disturbed and offended me in a way that I could not quite enunciate.
I could hardly concentrate the rest of the day. I lay awake that night thinking about what she had said.
"Rachel", I called her, said that she was ashamed of American culture. She essentially denied that there was any. On the other hand, she extolled me and American Indian people for the honorable culture of Indian Country, and the fact that it is still here.
I found this astounding, and deeply
disturbing. On the one hand,
I was proud to say that it took the greatest culture
in the world to defeat the Indians. But, on the other
hand, if this young heiress of
Central to my telling of this modern tale of cultural clash was the quotation of a Cheyenne saying, a proverb, whose source by this time I don't even remember. It's just a simple, obvious, dramatic fact: "A nation is never defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground"
Rachel's heart was on the ground.
My article continued:
"As I lay awake that
night, I thought of an old story by
Kay Boyle, written in 1941, called
Defeat. It's about the French women in the
They did it innocently enough. The women just wanted to wear their fancy holiday dresses. They wanted to drink and dance. And the Germans were the only men around with whom they could do it.
So they gave in."
I propose that, with the recent
presidential selection in
Now, authors like Buchanan, Spencer, and Medved each respond to this matter of my article in different contexts.
Spencer sees it as an expression of
the anti-white racism that would debunk all Western (i.e.,
"white") civilization altogether. This, Spencer says, is part of
what has prepared the way for the invasion of Islam in
the modern world. It is the essential self-abasement
when has nearly destroyed modern
Medved's use of
What's Up With White Women? is found in his
introduction. It is America-specific, and speaks
directly to the issue of
Inevitably, the very first issue he
addresses is American Indian encounters. The first
wants to remove is the thought that America Indians were
pristinely abused and
Ann Coulter would certainly agree on that point.
When she did
the Bad Eagle Interview with me (The
Great White Woman Speaks,
And everyone knows, Ann Coulter's heart is not on the ground!
But apparently authors like Buchanan, Spencer, and Medved fear that the hearts of many white women are. My article strikes deep, like an arrow piercing the heart. The men of no race or ethnicity want to see their women falling at the feet of foreigners.
"It gives me no solace to see the white man self-destruct. If Rachel's people are 'nothing,' what does that say about mine?
I believe in my Comanche people. I know that someday we'll stand as equals before the white man, strong, prosperous and self-sufficient. But we won't get there by listening to empty praise from guilty white women. We'll get there by studying the white man's ways and learning to be strong as he is."
Of course, this does require white men to be strong.
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the Comanche
Nation (Lawton, Oklahoma). His articles have appeared in
VDARE.com, and on his own web site,
is a speaker for the
Young America's Foundation, and for the
John Birch Society. David Yeagley's columns for
An American Indian View of Immigration, and
Deport or not to Deport.