Ahh the controversy of such a statement. How dare you be proud to be white? they will say. What a racist thing to say! they'll reply. But this statement doesn't come from me it comes from an email currently being circulated. I post that email below in its entirety, but first let me make something clear.
I Am Not Proud To Be White
I Am Proud To Be An American
I can totally understand where white Americans in this country are coming from when they put together an email like below, but the fact of the matter is that if you consider yourself white, before American, then you are just as bad as all of the groups you put in the email. This country is set up so that anyone who educates themselves, puts forth an effort and actually tries to succeed, can. Granted that "American Dream" has seemed to be pushed to the side recently by elitists and those who want to keep others down, but there is still that opportunity.
The creed I live by as an American is this:
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith, becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” - Theodore Roosevelt
There is no room for dual allegiance in this country. No room for hyphenated Americans.
Am I proud of my Italian heritage? Sure!
Am I proud of the bit of Irish in me? Sure!
All ethnicities have contributed to this country and to the world. It's OK to be proud of that, but if you are more proud of your ethnicity or cultural heritage - than the country you live in and prosper from - or if you are fighting for your race or ethnicity to received benefits that others will be denied in this country, then you my friend are indeed a racist. You believe your race is more important than your country.
I point you to another of my articles on race entitled "Should I Join A White Supremacist / White Pride Organization?" I totally understand why people feel that they would want to join such an organization - and the reason is to combat the others who have formed race based organizations like the Black Caucus in congress and La Raza, the Jewish based groups, the Asian based groups etc. - but really, the answer is to abolish all of these race based groups not to create more.
Let me be clear though. If you are going to form a group that gives benefits to only your race, takes opportunities away from "whites" in this country because you believe - falsely - that they were all born privileged, with every opportunity and a silver spoon in their mouth, I will fight you to the death. I will fight you with every ounce of my being. Because I am an American and I believe in equal opportunity for all peoples in this country who are here legally Not because I am white.
Now this email "Proud to be White" in full.
Here is one to sink your teeth into. This is so true in our American Society. It makes you squirm, but illustrates how far political correct behavior has come.
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.
Some pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
They Call me 'White boy,' 'Cracker,' 'Honkey,' 'Whitey,' 'Caveman,'
.....And that's OK.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
They have the United Negro College Fund.
They have Hispanic History Month.
They have Martin Luther King Day.
They have Asian History Month.
They have Black History Month.
They have Cesar Chavez Day.
They have Ma'uled Al-Nabi.
They have Yom Hashoah.
They have Kawanza.
They have the NAACP.
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 the White History Month
.....We'd be racist.
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-only Colleges in the US, yet if there were 'White-only 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 red, 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 who is running from the LAW and posing a threat to ALL of 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...
But, I'll bet this doesn't go very far on the email circuit.
I'll do you one better and post it to my website.