Why I’m Proud to be White (A Commentary on Paranoid Racism) - Page 2
Most people think they’re better than somebody, and we should probably try not to feel that way. But racist paranoia is just a waste of everyone’s time.
I have a number of white friends who like Asian culture better than American culture. Growing up, one of my best friend’s whiter-than-white family preferred African culture.
I’ve always been interested in Africa and Asia and South America, but I’ve always preferred Europe, and I probably always will. I know a lot of non-white people who prefer Europe too.
I think white people should be able to express their appreciation of their own culture. We should not be held hostage in expressing our tastes because of a few white supremacist nut jobs.
So I say, let’s have a white people appreciation day. (And no, not every day is white people appreciation day.) People could celebrate great white people like Mark Twain and Liam Neeson.
I understand that we have Scottish Highland games and Oktoberfest and Bastille Day Celebrations and that’s all well and good, but I’m talking about expressing a preference, actually openly expressing an appreciation of all things European and American. And when Australia does something great, Australia too… kidding ;)
It would be healthy for every white person who likes white culture more than other cultures just to say “I prefer white culture.” Not “white culture is better” but just, “I prefer white culture.”
It’s not really even about preferring one culture over the other, though. It’s about overcoming the fear of that stigma. Overcoming the inability to say such a thing or think such a thing. So let’s stop demonizing Custer and Reagan and the Crusades and Lincoln (oh yes, Lincoln is demonized too). And let’s appreciate that white folks in the United States and throughout Europe have a rich and great culture. Let’s be happy about our whiteness.
Who’s for tennis?