"White Pride" Is Just Racism Because There's No Such Thing As White Culture

"White Pride" Is Just Racism Because There's No Such Thing As White Culture

Unless this is a conversation about Starbucks and hair gel.

What do the Nazi's and the alt right have in common? Well, aside from the obvious...they both hilariously describe themselves as being the protectors and defenders of white culture. And by white culture, we mean white Europeanism.

In case anyone has missed the irony here, the Nazi's are actually responsible for a great deal of damage to large portions of European culture and land and as I recall, tried to annihilate massive groups of other white persons, but I digress.

Often, I here the question "why is it okay for Black people to celebrate Black culture, but not okay for us to celebrate white culture?"

The answer is actually pretty simple here. Black culture is a thing, white culture is not. Allow me to explain. Let me take you back a few hundred of years (it's okay, you don't need to untuck your "white guilt".) In the midst of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, two things began to go missing for those unlucky persons who were removed from their African continent. 1. Their common language with those who were stolen along side them and 2. Their religions.

After decades of "your name is Toby!," being whipped for not speaking English and having limbs chopped off for practicing their own religions, their personal and group senses of individuality dissipated. Their only hope for community with one another was create their own new commonalities. Hence, African American culture as well as cultures that formed in the Caribbean and Central and South America, etc.

So, fast forward to today, there is a reason many Black American's worship at AME churches as well as communicate with one another using dialect or AAVE. They created their own culture in the new world and from there they have Rock-n-Roll, and Rap music, a palate for well seasoned food, cornrows and baby hairs, and the gifts ofthe *clap back* and the *twerk.*

Black culture is the culture we've created for ourselves intertwined with bits of culture passed down from the mother land.

Black pride is a movement that encourages Black people to celebrate themselves and embrace their black heritage while rejecting the dominant white ideology.

Now, why is it not okay for white people to embrace their own heritages, you ask? We'll it is okay. But white culture and white pride have nothing to do with white heritages.

Black people in the new world, Black Americans in particular generally have no way to trace their ancestral lines back to their original ancestors, let alone their African countries of origin, so sadly, the only culture they know started 400 years ago.

For white Americans, the story is very different. Many know exactly the parts of Europe their ancestors came from, which is why they are able to brag about being 12% Italian, 6% Polish and 2% milk. They are able to have EUROPEAN PRIDE, as well as, Italian pride or Polish pride or German pride or English pride...etc.

And white a Black American can say they have African pride, very few can pin it down to an exact country. And therefore, we lump our mixed heritages together to form a unifying Black pride in order to celebrate our unspecified Black cultures.

For anyone white to be able to say they are celebrating white culture, they must be speaking post 1600's, and therefore, the pride they include in this "culture" must include their habits of genocide, rape, pillage and slavery.

Today Black pride allows us to reminisce on the great thinkers and social justice warriors who pulled our ancestors through some of the words worst centuries - Harriet Tubman, W.E.B DuBois, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou.

This hypothetical "white pride" would allow white people to look up to who? Patty Cannon?

Another thing to note, although it has been said time and time again, Black pride is not white hate, although "white pride" could absolutely qualify as black hate. Black pride is a response to white supremacy whereas a "white pride" is a response to Black freedom.

This is why white supremacists tend to gravitate toward laughable religious affiliations (e.g. suburban Norse neo-paganism) and fringe philosophers. Their attempts to claim serious thinkers tend to be ridiculous, such as some white supremacists’ construction of a cartoon Nietzsche
- Nathaniel Blake
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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.


I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Why I Love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not for political reasons

I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love AOC.


My political affiliation couldn't be kept a secret even if I tried. In the words of my mother, I've been a liberal since I popped out of the womb. So to me, the dramatic change in representation in the House was a huge win for me at this time in history.

While I sit on one side of the aisle because that's where I hear the most conversations about my closest political beliefs happening, I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The first I'd ever heard of this powerful voice from New York was in a video being shared around on Facebook that gave me a strong sense of hope that I haven't felt in a while. She explains the nuance behind "identity politics" and the importance of complete representation in Congress in terms of race, class, and policy. Here was a young woman in my generation (or just outside of it) running for Congress because she knew there was work to be done, not because she knew she would win, or because of some larger force paying her to win, or because she comes from a family of politicians. She ran because she was passionate and because she works to understand her district and represent them in ways that give her district a matched fight with revolving-door politicians who know how to play the game.

This woman, to me, represents accessibility into politics for Americans. When I first started listening to politicians and presidents talk on TV, I remember listening to Obama speak my freshman year of high school (maybe for a state of the union address?) and I asked my mom what a lot of words meant. I learned what poverty, immigration, economic policy, taxes, the middle-class, and more were. She had answers for some but not all of my questions, and then I asked why they felt the need to use such big, intimidating words? Weren't they supposed to represent the country, who to my understanding, probably didn't know what all of these words meant if my own mother didn't? (Moms know everything.)

I didn't want to be left behind in a country that made decisions based on Harvard graduate levels of thinking when most of us were in fact, not Harvard graduates. I was aware when Obama used words I had on a vocabulary test the week before, and I was aware that my honors class was strikingly different from my friends' general education English classes, and that our entire high school was years ahead of some less privileged schools 30-minutes away. But all of us, no matter how politically accessible our situations were or not, were to be represented by a man using these words.

AOC is progressive (in a non-political sense) for Americans because she uses rhetoric and tools to educate Americans instead of persuading or intimidating them to think that she just knows best. She's a politician, yes, so of course she uses persuasive techniques to get policy she believes in to pass so she can do her job as a legislator. But have you seen her Instagram stories or heard her speak in interviews?

Her style of leadership involves a refreshing level of transparency and group participation. I feel like I'm allowed to ask questions about what happens in Washington D.C., and about what another congressperson meant when they said ______. She answers questions like these online to her followers, some of which are her represented correspondents, and some of which are people outside of her district just desperate to expose themselves to any congressperson willing to talk to them on their level. Her flow inspires the average American to listen and checks the confident incumbent from underestimating just how much she knows.

Not all of us are fortunate enough to afford college. Not all of us are fortunate enough to come from a community where high schools prepared and primed us for college-level vocabulary filled conversations. Some of us have to accept politics as a realm with which we can never be involved, heard, or interactive. A.O.C. is what's changing this mentality. 43% of adults living in poverty function at low literacy rates. If they can't understand political rhetoric, how will they be able to democratically participate? Politicians spend so much time talking about poverty rates and how they want to move every family into a middle-class lifestyle, but they don't alter their political approach to invite the poverty-stricken or under-educated Americans into their conversations. AOC does this.

She spends time every night explaining whatever her followers have questions about in full detail. She actually uses up-to-date technology and social media to communicate with Americans, making older senators look lazy or technologically incompetent for not engaging with their community as often or as explicitly. Not to mention, every video I've ever seen produced by her or her team (including her Instagram stories) have closed-captions already edited in. She considers every American to be her audience before speaking, and the fact that what she's doing feels new and refreshing to me suggests just how badly we need her, and more people like her, in politics today.

This isn't even because of her understanding that literacy affects voting--in the original video I saw of her, she understands that the people she represents were flat-out not being addressed in politics. "People aren't voting because no one is speaking to them." Truly and meaningfully, directly and honestly.

She's America's teacher, a representative of why mentorship on all levels is important, and to me, what America would look like if our politicians were not only our representatives, but our educators, our mentors, and our teammates.

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