The White Establishment Is Gone. What Comes Next? | TIME.com
In the week since Election Day we’ve heard a lot about the waning of the
white majority. Bill O’Reilly kicked it off even before the race had been
on Fox News that “the white establishment is now the minority.” Maureen Dowd argued
a few days later that the “white male patriarchy” was in a “delusional death
spiral.” Conservatives have been fretful
about being painted into a demographic corner, and liberals gleeful
about their diverse winning coalition.
On the face of it, reports of the white establishment’s demise seem quite
premature. Most people of color remain acutely aware of the whiteness of
privilege and the privilege of whiteness. Just look at Congress, the Fed, or the
Joint Chiefs. Or think of the power brokers in your own town: the partners at
the big law firms, the attending physicians at the best hospitals. You’ll see
that the white establishment remains very much in the majority.