A couple of people sent me this post and asked what my opinion was: Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is.
I thought the cover picture was good, and overall, I thought that the analogy was good in that it speaks to our video game generation. I also like the idea of “difficulty” as a word to describe what he’s trying to describe. Among Asian people, being a White male male provides privilege like no other in the world, especially in terms of career and social life. But when writing about life in America, the analogy is not 100% on target.
For one, in America wealth means more than race for the average person trying to survive. It’s MUCH easier, for example, to be the black or Asian son or daughter of an upper-middle class family than a poor white kid living in the sticks. The super-rich have their own problems, of course, but wealth, in general, is a bigger determinant of one’s “difficulty” in life than race, and being middle class usually means that life is much easier when compared with the life of a poor person, regardless of race.
Where I think the difference in difficulty lies is at the highest levels of wealth and influence. It’s very hard for a black or Asian person to become the next Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Brad Pitt, or even Bill Gates. It’s very hard for a black or Asian person to become the main star on the Bachelor. So while I appreciate the analogy, I think it may be somewhat outdated for people in general. However, it becomes very significant at the highest levels of wealth and influence.