Only White Men Could Turn Greeting One Another into a Contest of Power
the ol’ ‘look him in the eye with a firm, dry handshake’
Women hug. In western Asia men kiss each other’s cheeks. In eastern Asia men bow to one another. Among men of (more recent) African heritage in the West a handshake is an embracing of hands. Among white men, at least in the U.S., greeting one another is a test of ‘manhood’, a contest of power.