I sat in shock when I realized that the “Day Without Immigrants” passed by without my noticing it. Apparently there was a day some time ago when immigrants decided to take off from work to show the rest of America the important role they play in more than just our economy, but it our daily lives. It happened. I didn’t notice.
On Wednesday, March 8th, there is set to be a sequel. “A Day Without Women” will be celebrated with marches and protests, most likely focusing on men, or rather one specific man: Donald Trump. (Sense the irony?) It will be another pointless day of women marching, patting each other on the back, and agreeing with each other. It’s like the post-inaugural Women’s March all over again.
Unfortunately, just like the Day Without Immigrants didn’t effect most people, the Day Without Women likely won’t either. Most of the women protesting aren’t ones who make of a difference in their daily lives anyway. If they were, then they would understand that their jobs are more important than phony political stunts.
It is unfortunate that the “Day Without” day that would make the biggest splash, and the one that needs to be celebrated, will likely never come about. Instead of a “Day Without Immigrants” or a “Day Without Women”, how about a “Day Without White Males”?
Consider, for instance, that men out participate women in the labor force, some 53% to 47%, despite being only 49% of the population. Compared to women, if men took a day off from work, the world would notice on a much greater level. 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs are men, and when these men take a day off what would happen to their companies, or the stock market that supports them?
Also consider than white people make up a larger share of the workforce than any other ethnic or racial group. 64% of America’s labor force identifies as white, widely out numbering the 16% who are Hispanic, or the 12% who are African-American. White people are doing more jobs than any other group, hands down, no two ways about it.
When combined, white men are the single largest group of working Americans. They make up the largest share of the labor force, create the greatest amount of wealth that we all benefit from, and yet, they never ask for a day off for recognition. Hats off to the thankless white males who make America work.