The Ms. Q&A: Jackson Katz on Performative Patriotism, White Masculinity, and the Future of the Republican Party

The Trump-inspired Capitol riots were a stunning, disgraceful reminder that far-right violent extremism and white-nationalist terrorism are on the rise.

But while much of the commentary about the insurrection has focused on racism, another crucial part of the story has escaped scrutiny: the fact that the vast majority of those who rioted were not just white people, but white men.

What Donald Trump Understands about American Men

Trump might not be a sophisticated political thinker or student of history, but he understands something fundamental about manhood in a patriarchal culture: the system remains in place because a majority of men fear being ‘unmanned’ and losing the respect of other men more than they value abstract concepts like commitment to scientific reason, equal justice under law or even democracy itself.

Unmasking Donald Trump

Wearing a mask acknowledges that we are all human beings, and that it is in our DNA, regardless of gender, to care about each other. It is a national tragedy that we don’t have a president who can say and model this in a time of great need. But we can say it to each other—We can all step up and cover our faces.