Why Are White Men So Angry?

White men are our angriest teachers, our angriest cops, our angriest accountants, our angriest horticulturists, our angriest greeters at Home Depot, our angriest Uber drivers, our angriest personal bankers and our angriest presidents. Yet they run most of the companies, possess most of the money, own most of the land, and are most of our elected officials and law enforcement officers.


The life of a white man in America is one of perpetual validation. It’s so validating that white men can reach into their pockets, pull out any sort of cash and find a picture of a white man on it. (Imagine how happy you’d always be if you could pull out a $5 bill and find a picture of Billy Dee Williams or Solange on it?)

This doesn’t seem to make sense, and my latest video (above) asks (rhetorically, of course) why white men are so angry.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)



They are afraid...and angry because they are afraid.

Too many feel entitled while a tiny part of that lizard brain know they are undeserving of the entitlement they’ve been trained their entire lives to believe is their due.

At the same time....that lizard brain is waiting, terrified, there may be a reckoning for past wrongs of which they may not have directly implemented but definitely benefited...no matter their volume of protests to the contrary.