Guest Post: What Good Are White Men, Anyway?
May 1st, 2012 by Unamused
Frequent ‘Park contributor Doug1 knows. I’ve quite liberally edited/rewritten his work, so any factual or grammatical errors are mine, and I would appreciate readers pointing them out so I can fix them. According to the author, you are free to reprint this with attribution.
Since you don’t like to talk up White accomplishments, allow me.
White people — White men, in fact — created the modern world, from soup to nuts. The Japanese did some tweaking, but that’s the best any other race has managed to do.
In 1450, a White man invented the first mass-production printing press, which unlike the Chinese attempts (not capable of mass production) had an immediate transformative effect: the mass circulation of affordable books, pamphlets, and journals right across Western and Central Europe. White men created science as we know it: as a unified, systematic study of nature — a staggering accomplishment made possible by Gutenberg’s printing press. For use in their scientific investigations, White men developed advanced mathematics, not to mention the first precision timepieces.
White men carried out the industrial revolution, a turning point in history that led to unprecedented improvements in the living standards of the masses of ordinary people — the so-called “99 percent.” White men invented the steam engine and used it to develop industrial mass production and the first locomotive. They invented the diesel engine and used it to develop the diesel locomotive and passenger and freight ships made of steel. They invented the internal combustion engine and used it to develop the automobile.
White men were the first to drill for petroleum and refine it into fuel — gasoline and kerosene and diesel and jet fuel — not to mention all its other uses, like plastics and asphalt (used any today?) and the fertilizers and pesticides that modern agriculture depends on.
White men invented the telegraph and created the first high speed, long range communications systems, spanning continents and soon the globe. They invented the telephone, wireless radio, and television. They invented photography and motion pictures; record players and video cameras. They invented electric generators, electric motors, and electric lights, based on a theory of electricity due entirely to White men.
White men invented the airplane and the jet airplane. They created rockets and used them to launch satellites into Earth’s orbit. Those satellites gave us instantaneous global communication, global weather and climate monitoring, unprecedented surveying ability, and a Global Positioning System free for every man and woman of every race and nation to use — with a receiver invented by White men, of course.
White men have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through space to the Moon, and back safely to Earth, in rockets invented by White men, using guidance and communications systems designed and built by White men, based on science and mathematics created by White men. They have explored the other planets of our solar system and discovered the origins of our world and our universe, using telescopes and spacecraft they designed and built, and they have freely shared that knowledge with all mankind.
White men invented the transistor, the computer, and the Internet. They invented solar power, wind power, and nuclear power. They developed scientific medicine — the only kind that works — and discovered virtually every effective treatment, vaccination, and cure, from penicillin to radiation therapy. They created modern mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, anthropology, and archaeology.
In fact, it is difficult to think of anything of great significance in the modern world that wasn’t created by White men. (For the record, and not to bash any other race, nearly all the supposed Black inventions are myths, like gas masks, traffic lights, blood banks, and peanut butter.)
The most beautiful art, the most sublime music, was created by White men, from ancient Greece to the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and beyond. (No, rap music doesn’t count.)
White men invented democracy and created the first democratic republics. They didn’t invent slavery, obviously, but they were the first to abolish it. They were also the first to ban torture as a form of criminal punishment. With the founding of the United Nations, White men led the world to the first-ever international agreement prohibiting aggressive war, a prohibition enforced by White men. White men developed the entire concept of human rights, and have always led the world in safeguarding those rights.
As I think I mentioned, White men gave us the scientific revolution, then the industrial revolution, which rivals the agricultural revolution in its transformational power. For the first time in history, humanity can escape Malthusian misery and mass death, and the populations of entire countries can live safe, comfortable lives, thanks to the work of White men.
I could go on.
Maybe the world should designate one day out of the year to give thanks to White men and all the wonderful things they have done for the benefit of all humanity.
Yeah, like that would ever happen!
And check out this comment by Panther II.