A Facebook friend posted an info-graphic the other day listing the different “prides” each ethnic group has. There was “black pride”, “mexican pride”, “asian pride”, “muslim pride” and “white pride”. The info graphic basically stated that all ethnic groups can have their “pride” name with the exception of “white pride” as it is considered racist. There were a few humorous comments posted attempting to come up with a non-offensive name that “white people” could use to be afforded the same opportunity that other ethnic group names enjoy. I jokingly suggested “Caucasian Pride”, or adding a “y” to the end of “white” wouldn’t be met with much resistance ;). Another person asked “do full race people even exist anymore?” suggesting that many are mixed race and a name for those people should be created. She went on to suggest “caramel color pride”; I quickly responded with “rainbow pride”, although that one’s kinda already taken. It was all very light hearted and humorous.
What does the label “white pride” mean to me? Nothing… I don’t feel it carry’s any significance at all. Saying the name doesn’t evoke any emotional tie to me being “white”, or make me feel proud or ashamed. The name is empty in that way; it goes nowhere. On the other hand, saying “white power” clearly has negativity & hatred attached to it. When you say that name, you get a clear picture of its intended meaning and intention. Another name that evokes a positive meaning is “black pride” and thoughts of an oppressed people rising in unity against an oppressor come to mind. History has formed and shaped these words and they continue with us, but I do feel that their impact is being diluted for such reasons at mixed race, integration and generally, the passage of time that distances us from the past events that sparked the language in the first place, but that’s just my perception. I’m sure the reasons for their continuance is still strong with many; no matter the ethnic affiliation, but will it be as strong in their children or their children’s children and so on?
To be honest, I used to utter all the typical race offensive names we’re all familiar with, for example, the N word; not so much anymore. The funny thing is, I work with a skinny white guy who is just loves gangster rap and I’ve heard the N word more in the past few weeks then I’ve heard my whole life combined… go figure… could it be that a racially offensive word is related to the context in which it is said? I believe he would be referred to as a “wigger” by some; if I’m not mistaken… In my younger years, saying the N word was more of an insult in the general sense being that I’m pissed at the person and not the color of their skin, cultural background or their race; comparable to saying asshole, goof or dink. Simply a language I grew up around. Kind of like Canadians adding an “eh” to the end of each sentence… eh? It didn’t and doesn’t represent my position on race. I’ve even used “redneck” in the same fashion to represent a supposedly backward, undeveloped, uneducated and plain old stupid white bread cracker. ;), but I don’t believe that about rednecks… Like I said, they’re all just learned labels that carry less and less significance as time passes. These days, the term I use for any person I’m displeased with, regardless of race, religion or political affiliations is asshole. If nothing else, it’s equality! :P
It is plainly obvious we are ALL equal. We’re all in this existence together and have inherited a past created by other’s that I personally have no real connection with and what reasonable choice is there but to evolve from it. History has led us to believe that we’re unequal, but this is not the case and time will sort that out. I feel that anyone who doesn’t believe that is attached to something from the past. In the case of “white pride”; or “white power”, it stirs thoughts of negativity and hatred; in the case of “black pride”, something positive giving people strength. Ultimately, they will all fade and we will become one people with a past that will be increasingly difficult to recognize and relate to; or it could all blow up and we’ll go on repeating the cycle of cruelty between one another?
As far as all the ethnic groups out there that have their own “pride” name, I respect and understand the sense of “pride” and unity it provides you. For this white guy though, the white pride name option isn’t being tabled. While I can certainly understand other ethnic groups motivation to take pride in their culture, history and accomplishments, I personally don’t feel that connection with my own and have no need to celebrate in this way. All of us, the human species are connected and I’m thinking, a name that encapsulates all humanity should be coined.
Just did a last second search on Google for the word origin of Pride. It’s based on the late Old English word “prȳde” and has a history of being associated with arrogance, excessive self-esteem, and conceit. The word can seem to take on a dual meaning depending on its context and I’m not insinuating in any way that is the case with the usage of the name “pride” in the current cultural sense, but Isn’t it interesting how the definition, intention and even a words existence can change, fade or completely disappear from our vocabulary over time?
We are not our words; they’re a method of communication whose meaning can be interpreted differently depending on the time period and context they appear in.
We are not our history or the people who created it; but rather a bi-product of it.
We are creating history right now; how will it be written?
Write anything, I only hope that the words; hate, anger, oppression, racism, inequality and cruelty are not part of it,
and of course; I hope it’s actually a true history and not fabricated or written with bias for one or more ethnic groups.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a group of people sharing a common cultural or national heritage and often sharing a common language or religion.
– Geary LeBell