Yesterday, I found out a bit of information that made a weird thing that has been bugging me for over fifteen years make sense.
Y’all, the older I get, the more I’ve come to realize that the whole “they’re going to take our spots” anxiety is because a lot of old mediocre white guys have been coasting by on the idea that white guys should give jobs to each other and keep each other employed no matter how crappy one of them is.
The idea that you, who actually try, might be valued for your trying is a threat to them.
Which is not to say that, if you’re a white guy who tries, you have it made. The coasting guys have ways of keeping you down, too. But the coasters. They are fascinating to me.