My Response to Question about “White Pride”

From Quora:

Why are Black pride, gay pride and Asian pride all viewed positively but white pride is viewed negatively?

Because “White pride” is shorthand for white supremacism, whereas “Black pride” is not shorthand for black supremacism (and Gay pride doesn’t mean gay supremacism, etc.). When members of historically abused groups work together for mutual empowerment against oppression, they conventionally make references to “taking pride” in their group and name their efforts “(insert name of historically oppressed group) pride.” White supremacists have attempted to steal the “pride” label to claim equivalency to the other groups in a bid toward gaining public legitimacy, but the equivalency is false and the claim is dishonest, given that the animating purpose of white supremacists is to suppress, separate from, ban, kill, deport, etc., groups they regard as inferior to themselves. This is not true of other “pride” groups. White supremacists have similarly attempted to adopt the term “white genocide” to construct a phony equivalence with Jewish people, and “White Lives Matter” to undermine the credibility of the Black Lives Matter movement. These linguistic manipulations are particularly insidious because they appear superficially to have some merit to those easily manipulated or lacking in media literacy or critical thinking skills.

It is unfortunate that you feel troubled by not being able to take pride in your “ethnic heritage,” but this is perhaps a small price to pay given that your skin color offers you, and has offered your ancestors, many benefits that members of other races don’t have or have had to fight hard to obtain.

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4 thoughts on “My Response to Question about “White Pride”

  1. I agree with Jak. I used to joke around with my white ex wife that when we had kids I would have a white pride day. She didn’t think it was funny but I laughed until I peed a little.

    It’s because “white pride” is synonymous with the little mustache and all of them that try to emulate his behavior since WWII.

    There’s also the thing where Caucasians have been in positions of power historically, and even still to this day. From many perspectives, there really is no need to celebrate the accomplishments of white pride due to that fact.

    Yet another way to view it would be that because there are pride days for other varieties of people aside from heterosexual white people, those people associated with various pride days are purposefully cast into a different category, as opposed to just being a part of a whole; as opposed to just being a person.

    So, in that regards, I’m of the opinion that all these “special” days we as a society must celebrate and recognize are extremely detrimental and serve to divide us even further.

    I’m also of the opinion that the more we talk about how different we are (and are sincere in that we are different) the more it becomes so.

    Pedantic, yes, however this doesn’t fully cover my whole explanation.
    -Joey

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