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Stop Trying to Make ‘White Pride’ Happen

August 30, 2017

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Protesters gather during "Counter Rally Against Hate" held in Fresno's Tower District on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Photo by: Ram Reyes

Photo by: Ram Reyes

Protesters gather during "Counter Rally Against Hate" held in Fresno's Tower District on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Is white pride racist?

Since the violent protest in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12, the country has been mired in controversy regarding the appropriateness of  “white pride” movements and many young people of all races are questioning if the movement is misguided and divisive.

The answer is yes.  White pride is racist and divisive and a return to America’s ugly history.

Those in support of white nationalism often use the “Why can’t I be proud of my culture” argument.  

Well, here are the facts. White is a skin color, not a culture.

White Americans are not one single ethnic group. A pricey DNA spit test from Amazon can confirm that all white Americans are made up of several ethnicities and have roots that trace back to many different regions like Western and Central Europe.

Therefore, white pride is being proud of the privileges and benefits that come with having “white” skin and not their ethnicities.

“White culture” and “whiteness” are fake sociological concepts used throughout history to defend bigoted attitudes, and deny certain people groups from rights that are guaranteed to others.

Merriam-Webster defines pride as a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements and the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated.

Since “white” is not a culture, white pride is being proud of the supremacy tied to the racial title.

 

The term “white pride” supports a white supremacist agenda, superiority. Racists have used pride in “white” culture to justify oppression and inequality..

 

A 2015 Daily Dot article by reporter Matthew Rozsa focused on a Ku Klux Klan sponsored

billboard in Harrison, Ark., that read, “It’s not racist to love your people. www.WhitePrideRadio.com.”

According to American historian Nell Irvin Painter, America started counting people as “white” in the first federal census. In a New York Times article, Painter writes, “the first federal census of 1790 enumerated three categories of white people (“free white males of 16 and upwards, including heads of families,” “free white males under 16 years” and “free white females”). That census also tabulated two other categories: “All other free persons” and “slaves.”

Painter goes on to explain how what it means to be white has moved from, “an unmarked default, to a racial mark.”

In a racial justice blog called Race Files, activist Scot Nakagawa describes white inclusion as a bribe.

“Inclusion in whiteness was a racial bribe, the accepting of which allowed Europeans previously trapped into lifelong poverty and class exploitation in Europe and the American colonies to enjoy social mobility,” Nakagawa said.

Many groups that were viewed as non-white are now considered white. The boundaries of whiteness exist to exclude ethnic groups, not create culture. “White” is a racial category, a label, used to lift one group to supremacy.

An American political system that equated race with nationality and class was built under white power. Enslavement, genocide and war were carried out in the name of white supremacy. We can no long hold on to terms that define our nation’s past.

 

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2 Responses to “Stop Trying to Make ‘White Pride’ Happen”

  1. George on August 31st, 2017 6:25 pm

    This is awesome and accurate 💯✊🏿

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    Eveline Bartel Reply:

    I am 70, and my son is 32. We love each other very much but our political views have caused tension and unpleasant arguments as neither like to be wrong on any subject. I am white, a conservative, and yes, I voted for Trump. I hate that I am now being lumped in with the far right and their disgusting views. Most of the people , I know who also voted for Trump, Sanders, or didn’t vote, did so because of our concerns with the socialist road being built, or the lack of support for the middle men and women who worked hard, raised families, went to church, built lives around a desire to better themselves for their children and themselves. The government ignored us, hated the rich, loved the poor…basically because they didn’t have to actually mingle with them … and built a kingdom in Washington, populated by the new aristocracy. Most of us today, have cared very little for over fifty years , who was color coded. Sure, there are haters in every ethnic mix. I do not, and have never condoned slavery. Man owning man, or women or children is against the belief in human dignity. Most of us who are concerned with human dignity decry the inequality of class or caste or ownership in any culture. And, almost every new civilization was created upon the backs of an old one with varying degrees of violence. This does not condone American slavery and does not excuse it. But the political correct view today of white pride in whiteness, and the slanderous message being heaped upon persons who have concerns about changes that have come without their desire or consent, does not make all white people who are Christian and Conservative, who love their country, and adhere to the believe in the values of equality and independence, racists…or bigots…or homophobic …or white supremacists or haters, or destroyers of others’ rights. The South was run by Democrats in 1964, and without the help of the Republicans in Congress, Civil Rights would not have passed. And it would have NEVER needed to be passed if Lincoln had lived. The liberals of the world have now taken on their task of warm and wonderful and kind party and have managed to convince many minorities that the Republicans and conservatives hate the little man or the ethnically different one. I was born white. It was not my idea, and I am supremely insulted that 70 years of hard work and living has been negated by just being white. A white supremist may be my color but he or she does not have my brain. A KKK idiot, afraid to show his white face does not have my courage. Most KKK people wore hoods to hide the fact of higher government officials and law enforcement. Mostly Democrats, in my younger days, and today, frustrated and lame brained boys, not real men who prefer to win by destroying….same as antifa using hoods. Sorry, but my life matters. As does every human being that God created, and evil temptation tries to abuse. Hatred is so very popular today, and so very damaging to the hater. I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished in my life. But it is my inside, not my outside that did the work.

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