Malia Rolt, a self-proclaimed "hardcore feminist," supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and LGBTQ rights advocate wrote an article in the latest edition of Affinity magazine in which she seriously questioned the rights of white men to vote in the United States.
In a piece titled "Do White Men Really Deserve to Vote?", Rolt wrote, "Now, history lessons aside; many people who disagree so far might be thinking, 'Yes, all this injustice that happened in the past was undoubtedly awful. However, two wrongs don’t make a right.' However one can’t be sure if withdrawing the white man’s vote could be considered a 'wrong.'"
"Historically, white men have had few problems voting and the way things are going, they will never understand the kind of injustice others have faced," Rolt explained.
"Furthermore," she added, "the point here that has to be made is that banning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause. In contexts like these, identity politics can be helpful, empowering and contributing to an important learning experience. White men who want to become better allies always come across the problem of 'I will never understand what it feels like to be systemically oppressed' but this proposal may further their understanding of minority needs and improve relations between different genders and races, which is the ultimate goal; equality."
Explaining why she wrote the article, Rolt referenced a similarly toned article that was written on The Huffington Post about freedom of speech, which was ultimately retracted, and said, "I saw it and thought that the benefits of reversing white men’s suffrage was definitely worth discussing."
She added, "After all, women and people of color went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice."