Stewart Acuff

Oct 18

Romney the Bully, where I come from it’s called White Male Privilege

Where I come from in West Tennessee and the Bootheel of Missouri, what Romney did during the last debate was bullying and attempted intimidation, but it was really White Male Privilege. It’s found most common in rich white men and boys with money, often inhabitants of frat houses at colleges.

They do what they do, like Romney did last night, because they can, just because they can. They don’t have to follow the rules anywhere in life so they don’t. So Romney broke all the rules, disrespected the moderator and our President. Romney tried to invade the President’s personal space and talked over him. His kind do the same thing in bars, but only if he’s got 3 or 4 of his boys with him.

It turns out Romney as President would be a walking time bomb. Romney doesn’t have the basic decency and manners to represent this country.

Romney told us he has nothing but disdain, contempt, and disrespect for an entire 47% of all of us. Romney hates almost half of us. Ryan hates only 30% of us.

Romney doesn’t have respect for anyone not like him.

Do we want a president who is contemptuous of half the American people?

Romney practiced White Male Privilege in the last debate, essentially saying, “step out of my way, get out of my way, that’s my chair, get up, shut up – you don’t know why you’re talking about, I’ll walk on you if I want. ”

On the other hand, our President maintained his presidential dignity and even patience.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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