Angry white male

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Angry white male or angry white man (AWM) is a derogatory term used to describe a white male holding what is viewed as a typically conservative viewpoint in the context of U.S. politics, typically characterized by opposition to liberal anti-discriminatory policies and beliefs. In particular, angry white men" oppose affirmative action policies, radical/third-wave feminism, and political correctness culture.[1][2]


The term was popularized in reference 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. The term later gained prominence in the 1994 federal elections in the U.S., in which a large number of neo-conservative, white voters turned out. This new voting bloc swept in the first Republican majority Congress since the 1950s.

So-called angry white men are stereotypically disproportionally older than the population as a whole, and tend to have animosity toward young people and/or minorities.[3]

Donald Trump supporters have been described by some as "angry white males" or "angry white men."[4][5][6][7]

In Australia[edit]

The rhetoric of the angry white man is not limited to the United States. It appeared during Great Australia's 1998 federal elections.[8] 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.[8] Similar to the usage of the term in the United States, the Australian men categorized as angry white males 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.[8] 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."[8]

In popular culture[edit]

The movies Joe,[9] Death Wish, Falling Down, Taxi Driver, God Bless America, and Clint Eastwood's performances in both the Dirty Harry series and Gran Torino have been described as definitive explorations of the "angry white male."[dead link][dubious ][10][11] In particular, the protagonist of Falling Down (a divorced, laid-off defense worker who descends into a spiral of increasing rage and violence) was widely reported upon as a representative of the stereotype.[12]

The character Archie Bunker from the sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place "turned the angry white male into a cultural icon," according to CBS News.[13] Bunker's English inspiration, Alf Garnett from Till Death Us Do Part, had a similar effect in his home country.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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 
  2. ^ Reeher, Grant; Cammarano, Joseph (1996). "In Search of the Angry White Male". In Niemi, Richard G. Midterm: The Elections of 1994 in Context. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. pp. 125–36. ISBN 978-0-8133-2818-8. 
  3. ^ Michael S. Kimmel. Angry White Men: American Masculinity and the End of an Era. 
  4. ^ Bloomberg. "The beginning of the end of angry white males". Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Donald Trump's vote bank: Angry white males with no college degrees - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  6. ^ "How 'Angry White Male' Wayne Allyn Root Knows That Trump Has Deep Support Among Black Voters | Right Wing Watch". Right Wing Watch. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  7. ^ Schwartz, Dana (2016-08-01). "Why Angry White Men Love Calling People "Cucks"". GQ. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  8. ^ a b c d Sawer, Marian (1999). "EMILY'S LIST and angry white men: Gender wars in the nineties". Journal of Australian Studies. 23 (62): 1–9. doi:10.1080/14443059909387494. 
  9. ^ George Packer, "Poor, White, and Republican", The New Yorker, February 14, 2012.
  10. ^ Jonathan Romney, "Dirty Harry gets a bus pass in Eastwood's last stand"[dead link], The Independent on Sunday, February 22, 2009.
  11. ^ Ryan Senaga, "Angry white man: Clint Eastwood channels ghosts from past films in Gran Torino", Honolulu Weekly, January 14, 2009.
  12. ^ Gutiérrez-Jones, Carl Scott (2001). Critical race narratives. pp. 61–5. ISBN 978-0-8147-3145-1. 
  13. ^ Farewell Archie. CBS News.
  14. ^ "Sir Oswald Mosley: Blackshirt – Stephen Dorril", Spike Magazine, 10 December 2007

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