The other day - a male (white mid-40's) - approached me for spare change on the street in upscale West Los Angeles.
Suddenly, without warning, he started into an angry rant.
"There are too many foreigners in Los Angeles," he griped with a bitter tone in his voice.
"The Latino immigrants are hogging all the work."
I surmised at this juncture, that a large percentage of the jobs he was referring to, were probably menial task low-paying posts of not much interest to educated white folks with specialized work skills.
"I'd take one of those jobs. I'm homeless and I need the cash."
"They hate us.," he barked out angrily.
"Why is that?"
I argued that it was probably because - as Paris Hilton would say - "wrinkly old white dudes " - have been in control of the power structure in the United States for the past couple of centuries.
"It's natural for them to resent us," I guess.
When I reflected on the plight of this homeless man later, I recalled that in my travels around the country the past year or so, there appeared to be a growing number of white males in the 40-50 age range - in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and major cities back East - out-of-work and on the streets.
How was it that the fortunes of these men had so tragically reversed?
Was it due to the introduction of computers (and subsequent automation) , the prevailing trend towards cheap non-union labor, or the influx of a wave of immigrants descending on these shores hungry for work at any cost?
No one seems to care.
The media - indeed, political activists and the government, too - have been inclined to put the big focus these days on immigrants and their rights and/or issues pertaining to racism because Blacks allege they have been victims of discrimination.
No wonder, there is a growing outcry from disgruntled Anglo-Saxons, who swear they are being short-changed, too.
I am reminded of the Ron Paul movement during the election.
Although Paul's followers were somewhat extremist in their views about immigrants - and trends that threatened foundations this great Nation were built on - some of their idealogies (and outspoken alarmist views) have not fallen on deaf ears.
A less strident (more realistic) posse of of White Americans have taken a cue and are now standing up and demanding to be heard.
"The Latinos and the Blacks are the ones that are racist."
So, with an eye to the future, grass roots oganizations are springing up in a bold-faced effort to protect the interests of White Americans around the country - with the ultimate aim of holding on to their stake in the American dream - too.