VINSON: In light of series, what about white population?

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Back in January 2008, I had the good fortune of meeting CNN anchorwoman Soledad O’Brien in person.

She and her CNN crew had traveled to McMinnville to speak with Jerry Ray, brother of James Earl Ray, in preparation for a CNN special on the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, titled “Eyewitness to Murder.”

To say the least, Soledad was cordial, exceptionally bright, and none too hard on the male eye.

Still, in 2008, Soledad O’Brien – her father Scotch-Irish from Australia, her mother Afro-Cuban – came out with the first of a CNN-produced series of documentaries entitled, “Black in America.”

To date, there are four installments, titled, aptly enough: “Black in America 1,” Black in America 2,” Black in America 3” and “Black in America 4.”

In these documentaries, Soledad addresses important issues such as single parenthood among blacks, disparities between blacks and whites in the educational system, the alarming rate of black male incarceration,  as well as the devastating toll of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in black communities,

Indeed, O’Brien’s “Black in America” series is both edifying and alarming.

Further, in 2009, Soledad released a book titled, “Latino in America,” (published by Celebra Trade).

Soledad has also hosted CNN-produced a series of documentaries called “Latino in America.” In addition to talking about the rapidly growing Hispanic population in America, she pinpoints other noteworthy aspects of Hispanic life in America, as well.

As mentioned, O’Brien’s father is of Scotch-Irish bloodline, which makes him white.

To date, to the best of my knowledge, Soledad neither has written a book nor hosted a documentary that recognizes her father’s ethnicity.

Well, it is her choice, her Constitutional right, to write whatever about whomever, within an acceptable parameter, that is.

Let’s shift gears and ponder this possibility: I announce that I’m about to come out with a series titled, “White in America,” and in it, I’ll talk about some of the “difficulties” and “drawbacks” that the white population faces in today’s America.

If O’Brien, who is of African-Hispanic lineage, can host and write “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” then I, Mike Vinson, a white man, should have the same Constitutional right to author a series titled, “White in America,” shouldn’t I?

Of course, I have the same right.

The question, however, is how such a book would be perceived by both the consuming public and the mainstream media?

My guess is that the mainstream media would attempt to make me out as some kind of racist.


Because the mainstream media has shown an overwhelming propensity to turn even the most benign of race-related matters into headline-grabbing issues of alleged horrific “racism.”

I say this from past experience: In the Jan. 28, 2002, issue of Newsweek, the cover-page headline read, “The New Black Power.”

That same cover page featured a photo of three outstanding black men: American Express’ Kenneth Chenault, AOL Time Warner’s Richard Parsons, and Merrill Lynch’s Stanley O’Neal.

After reading the article that accompanied that cover page in Newsweek, I wrote a full-length article, titled “Well, then, why not a new white power?”

It was published in The Tennessean’s editorial section, with my e-mail address at the end of the article – talk about ‘em coming out of the woodwork!

From that article, I received more than 80 e-mail responses from doctors, factory workers, legislators, school teachers, journalists, etc. The responses ranged from a “brave journalistic” and “masterpiece” and “long overdue” to “redneck racist from “Hootersville, McMinnville.”

So, tell me: Should I, a white man, feel that I have the Constitutional freedom to write a series titled, “White in America?”

Or should I keep my mouth shut and let only others talk about their races?

If the answer to the last question is “yes,” is this not a quintessential example of discrimination at its very worst?

Mike Vinson can be contacted at
Tagged under  Culture, Media, Mike Vinson, Politics, Race, Voices

Members Opinions:
November 20, 2011 at 11:09am
oh yeah what I want to know is who who left us (white People) out of the law books, most likely a white man and a dumb @#^ I was fired and discriminated against and each lawyer told me the same, you are a white male and you have no rights! yeah verbatim! I was surpised to say the least. I am white I am not prejudice but any one can see the disparity. that's why there is no consolidated caucasion college fund, no honky history month, no Miss White America, no point systems or minimal white employment percentage minimums, I could go on pisses me off!!!!!!!!!! Good Article
November 20, 2011 at 1:30pm
You got the guts of a junk yard dawg...some will claim "racist"...some will claim "insightful journalism." I say, it gives America a heap to think, and pray about...Amen!!??
November 20, 2011 at 2:36pm
I agree with "canalou," a lot of guts. ONE wrong move and it would have blown up, but Vinson handled it with professsional precision, and he gave us all a great deal to think about. A white man writing White in America would be scorned by the media. But why should it. Vinson sure didn't knock Soledad OBrien for her Black in America and Latinino in America. So,I ask, like Vinson, why should a white person fear writing about their race? They shouldn't but they do. He's right, the media is to blame to a large degree. Every public official, every media person should be made to read this column out loud - this should be read to the nation!
November 21, 2011 at 11:05am
Mr. Vinson asks a pertinent question: If it is unbiased to document what it is to be Black in America, why would it be considered biased to document what it is to be White in America?

Whether we like it or not the issue of race has always existed in America. It still does. It has existed in all quadrants of the country at all times with somewhat different manifestations. I know something about this topic because I have a book in print, "Lincoln Uber Alles," that deals in part with the issue of race and the suppression of Free Blacks in the North before the Civil War, as well as the racial genocide the Lincoln administration perpetrated against the Plains Indians which commenced during the Civil War.

We fool ourselves when we say that special treatment for any racial or ethnic group is merely a remedy for past inequality. Rather, special treatment IS inequality. If inequality is bad under any circumstances it is bad under all circumstances.

I think Mr. Vinson is on to something. I'd like to hear him dig deeper into the topic.

John Avery Emison, Ph.D.
Knoxville, Tennessee
November 22, 2011 at 3:07pm
By: sarogers on 11/22/11 [Delete]
Refreshing to read what I've been questioning a long time over....we never hear news of a black policeman beating a white guy but if it is a reversed situation, OMG, the news covers it big time! All races should be treated equally - including the caucasians. Thanks for having the courage to speak out and write what many want to say but haven't. Way to go Mr. Vinson!
November 23, 2011 at 8:55am
In terms of tackling the tough 'race' situation in America this column probably is the best one I've read. It's pretty clear that there's a lot of readers out there who would like to tear into Vinson (and the Post)for writing a article like this, but they can't. And they can't because Vinson layed it out so well that he didn't give the attackers any room to operate in. If he hadn't, I guarantee you you would've had every extra-liberal out there on the attack. Most of the media kows down any time a black charges a white of racism. Now you have Al Sharpton who has his own show on msnbc. What that show amounts to is Sharpton is a 'watchdog' always ready to snap at some white politican or media person for being a racist.What Reverend Al don't tell you is that years back he was one of main one that fueled the fire when a black girl named Tawana Brawley accused 5 or six white police officers in New York of raping her and writing racial slurs on her, and other stuff. Sharpton was seen on the news everyday talking trying to heat the fire in the case. Lucky, the prosecutors saw through the charges against the white police officers and Brawley finally admitted she'd lied about it. It must have been true that she lied because Sharpton and other black leaders involved in the case were sued by the white policemen and ordered by the court to pay damages. Here's something for you. Have you ever heard of Al Sharpton taking up for a white person whose been attacked by a black person? And kinda like songwriterdad mentioned, you have a Miss America contest and a black girl and other races ccan enter that. But you have a Black Miss America contest and nobody but black women can enter it. What the hell's up with that? I bet you won't get Shartpon or Soledad Obrien to talk about that. I just hope that people take the time to realize how brave and important this article was in telling it like it really is when it come to race, discrimination in America. I want to thank Mike Vinson and the Post for putting this out there.
November 25, 2011 at 6:59am
It seems that caucasion people have been conditioned over time not to mention the points Mr. Vinson brings to light in this article. I would wager many more people are puzzled about the disparity of "white" but fear the repricussions of vocalizing those thoughts. I would love to see a radio talk show tackle this issue nationally. bound to generate some hair raising commentary! Mr. Vinson Maybe you need your own radio show?

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