Angry white man

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The "angry white man" or "angry white male" is a cultural stereotype of white men holding conservative or right-wing views in the context of U.S. and Australian politics, often characterized by "opposition to liberal anti-discriminatory policies" and beliefs.[1][2] The term is usually applied to white men from the United States and Australia.[3] In the United States, the greatest perceived threat to white male dominance has been immigration from non-white countries such as those in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Immigration, multiculturalism and integration with African Americans has further angered angry white males.[4]


The term commonly refers to a political voting bloc which emerged in the early 1990s as a reaction to perceived injustices faced by white men in the face of affirmative action quotas in the workplace. Angry white men are characterized as having animosity toward young people, women or minorities, and liberalism in general.[5] Donald Trump's male supporters have been described by some political commentators as angry white men.[6][7][8][9]

In Australia[edit]

The stereotype of the angry white man is not limited to the United States: it appeared during Australia's 1998 federal elections.[10] New political parties appeared in that election due to the preexisting fathers' rights movement in Australia. These included the Abolish Family Support/Family Court Party and the Family Law Reform Party.[10] Similar to the usage of the term in the United States, the Australian men categorized as angry white men opposed what they perceived as the feminist agenda. These political parties were created as a reaction to the historic number of women elected to the House of Representatives.[10] Members of these groups claimed that "feminists have entrenched themselves in positions of power and influence in government and are using their power to victimise men".[10]

Senator Eric Abetz from the centre-right Liberal Party, arguing against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, said in 2016 that it was "passing strange" that the Australian Human Rights Commission does not seem to care about what he perceives as "racist terminology" such as angry white man, but does care if another color is used to describe someone. "One cannot help but think that the term 'white' can only refer to skin colour and therefore [you] are making reference to a skin colour [and] one assumes it must have been on the basis of race that the comment was made", he commented.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The term is applied to those believed to be opposed to the civil rights movement and second-wave feminism.[12]

The movies Joe,[13] Raging Bull,[14] Falling Down, Cobb,[14] God Bless America, Joker, and Clint Eastwood's performance in both Dirty Harry[14] and Gran Torino has been described as an exploration of the angry white man.[15][16][17] In particular, the protagonist of Falling Down (a divorced, laid-off defense worker who descends via chance and choice into a spiral of increasing rage and violence) was widely reported upon as a representative of the stereotype.[18]

The character Archie Bunker from the TV sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place "turned the angry white male into a cultural icon", according to CBS News.[19] Walter White in the television series Breaking Bad has also been described as an "angry white male".[20]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "angry white man". Oxford Dictionaries.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2006, angry white male n. (also with capital initials) Polit. (orig. and chiefly U.S.) a (usually working-class) white man with-right wing views (typically including opposition to liberal anti-discriminatory policies), esp. viewed as representing an influential class of voter
  3. ^ Blake, John (November 20, 2021). "There's nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man". CNN. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Steven M. Gillon (October 28, 2021) [2017-08-29]. "Why are so many white men so angry?". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.[please check these dates]
  5. ^ Kimmel, Michael S. (November 5, 2013). Angry White Men: American Masculinity and the End of an Era. ISBN 978-1-568-58696-0.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Francis (August 23, 2016). "The beginning of the end of angry white males". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand (July 28, 2016). "Donald Trump's vote bank: Angry white males with no college degrees". The Economic Times. Mumbai, India: The Times Group. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Mantyla, Kyle (August 26, 2016). "How 'Angry White Male' Wayne Allyn Root Knows That Trump Has Deep Support Among Black Voters". Right Wing Watch. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Dana (August 1, 2016). "Why Angry White Men Love Calling People 'Cucks'". GQ. New York City: Advance Publications. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d Sawer, Marian (1999). "EMILY'S LIST and angry white men: Gender wars in the nineties". Journal of Australian Studies. Perth, Australia: Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology. 23 (62): 1–9. doi:10.1080/14443059909387494.
  11. ^ Hutchens, Gareth; Karp, Paul (August 15, 2016). "Eric Abetz says the phrase 'angry white man' is racial vilification". The Guardian. London, England. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Rosin, Hanna (November 24, 2013). "Even Madder Men: 'Angry White Men,' by Michael Kimmel" (review)". The New York Times. New York City.
  13. ^ Packer, George (February 14, 2012). "Poor, White, and Republican". The New Yorker. Condé Nast.
  14. ^ a b c Hunter, Stephen (February 19, 1995). "'Cobb' is latest foray by Hollywood into soul of a bitter white male Major-League Anger". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland: Tribune Publishing.
  15. ^ Romney, Jonathan (February 22, 2009). "Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood: The screen legend plays an angry old man at war with the city of Detroit". The Independent on Sunday. London, England: Independent Print, Ltd. Archived from the original on May 7, 2022.
  16. ^ Senaga, Ryan (January 14, 2009). "Angry white man: Clint Eastwood channels ghosts from past films in Gran Torino". Honolulu Weekly. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "Angry white men on film: Seven times cinema got to the Trump vote before us". Cambridge Day. November 18, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  18. ^ Gutiérrez-Jones, Carl Scott (2001). Critical race narratives. New York City: NYU Press. pp. 61–5. ISBN 978-0-8147-3145-1.
  19. ^ "Farewell Archie". CBS News. New York City: CBS Corporation. June 21, 2001.
  20. ^ Vanderwerff, Emily (September 22, 2013). ""Breaking Bad's" racial politics: Walter White, angry white man". New York City: Salon Media Group.

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