Monday, May 07, 2007

Proud To Be White

My sister gave me permission to do a post about a statement that was shared with her from one of her MySpace Friends. I don't think that this friend of my sister's actually was the author but this person did react with surprise to my sister taking offense to it, claiming that "some parts are true". Here is the rhetorical cannon ball that the author has fired in frustration:

Proud To Be White

Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans,
Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans.

You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You Call me "White boy," "Cracker," "Honkey,"
"Whitey," "Caveman" .. And that's OK.

But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger,
Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink ...
You call me a racist.

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you,
So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King
Day. You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You
Have Yom Hashoah You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi You have the NAACP.
You have BET.

If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) ..
We'd be racists.

If we had a White Pride Day .
You would call us racists.

If we had White History Month .
We'd be racists.

If we had any organization for only whites to "advance" OUR lives
We'd be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of
Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships
You know we'd be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed
Black Colleges in the US , yet if there were "White colleges" ..
THAT would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching
For your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights,
You would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're
Not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride ..
You call us racists.

You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer
Shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running
From the law and posing a threat to society ..
You call him a racist.

I am proud.
But, you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists?

There is nothing improper about this e-mail.
Let's see which of you are proud enough to send it on.

Hell of a point made here, isn't it?

When people make these kinds of statements out loud, I find it refreshing compared to the lack of candor encouraged by misguided political correctness which has only succeeded in pushing these kinds of attitudes underground. The best way to deal with the challenge of race is to have everyone's real thoughts and feelings exposed to the light of day. I salute the author's honesty and feel that it is a great example of the white rage, racial moral relativism and confusion about the difference between pride and prejudice that I have commented on in the past. It also exposes something else that I have been thinking about hard lately, which is convenient cluelessness. The primary problem with the argument being made by the author is that it completely denies the historical and contemporary realities of race in the United States. Virtually everything cited as evidence of some kind of "reverse racism" against whites on the part of ethnic minorities exists as a response to white supremacy itself. Yet the author speaks as if this were not the case and people of color just got together one day and decided to create an unjust social order that gives them privileges which are denied to whites. There was a time when I might have seen this kind of thing as a sort of willful denial of the truth, but now I see it as a highly effective psychological defense mechanism that reinforces the privilege that whites in America have long enjoyed. I call this defense mechanism convenient cluelessness because it functions at those very moments where the reality of race in America causes stress in the minds of those whites (not all by any means) who need to believe that racism is no longer a problem in spite of all evidence to the contrary. So at that critical moment where otherwise, intelligent and often well educated people would have to face the implications of reality, they behave as if they just don't get it.

What do you think reader?

I'll close with these words of Baha'u'llah:

People for the most part delight in superstitions. They regard a single drop of the sea of delusion as preferable to an ocean of certitude. By holding fast unto names they deprive themselves of the inner reality and by clinging to vain imaginings they are kept back from the Dayspring of heavenly signs. God grant you may be graciously aided under all conditions to shatter the idols of superstition and to tear away the veils of the imaginations of men. Authority lieth in the grasp of God, the Fountainhead of revelation and inspiration and the Lord of the Day of Resurrection.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 58)