No one wants to talk about this phenomenon, but working-class white men dominate just about every difficult and dangerous industry in America.
This is not to slight the Latino contribution to hard and dangerous work, especially in the Southwest, but Latinos are not the ones whose demise is being celebrated. Then too, unlike non-Latino white men, Latinos do have unearned “privilege.” For no easily explained reason, they receive preferential treatment in academia, in professions, and in the awarding of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) contracts. Besides, “Latino” is no more a race than is “American.” Although Latinos come from various races, a healthy percentage of them identify as “white” because they are.
Throughout most of America, white men are the ones climbing utility poles after ice storms, digging in ditches after water main breaks, building our bridges, hollowing out our tunnels, catching our fish, harvesting our wheat, felling our timber, mining our coal, pumping our oil, and constructing our homes and offices. On average, about 5,000 people die each year from work-related injuries. Each year more than 90 percent of the dead are men.