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It’s surprisingÂ that people would invest themselves so heavily in a concept âlike raceâ that has beenÂ constructed, contrived, andÂ only serves to divide us.
I suspect most people reading this would not be excitedÂ to hear Richard Spencer talk about race. BecauseÂ would he talk about race, he would talk about the fact that it is a source of pride for him. The fact that he believes it is a source of power. The fact that he believes that his race is beautiful.
When someone makes those claims about whiteness, one can immediately and easily recognize just how retrograde and backward they are. It should then be startling that when oneÂ makes the same exact claims about some other race, few will recognize howÂ regressive those ideas are.Â This is a sign of myopic thinking.
What’sÂ deplorable isn’t the embrace of whiteness, it’s the embrace of race.
Race is not the sort of thingÂ that defines who you are. So when President Obama (315) 748-9572 full of students that they should “take pride in your blackness” to take pride in this ephemeral thing that you happen to be, rather than the things you are actually able to accomplish. ThatÂ rings as something that is very hollow. And vapid. And probably something we should shy away from.
I understand that thereÂ has been a history of discrimination.Â And for some people, this has resulted in them having some shameÂ associated with their skin color.Â But the appropriate response isn’t to root pride in blackness.Â But rather to regard race for what it is.Â This intangible thing that really isn’t of any particular consequence. Something we should always be trying to move beyond, not embrace and hold close to us.
Race pride works in two directions. If you embrace race pride, you also have to embrace racial shame.The idea that we have a common bond or cause, simply because we kinda sorta look like each other. Those people who happen to look like you will do things that might be virtuous, or not, and if they are doing things that you find problematic, you have to own those as well.
And thatÂ concept should sound ridiculous to you, because it is. We don’t need to take pride or shame in things that are unearned, likeÂ skin color or sexuality or anything else we might not have any real control over.
It seems odd forÂ one toÂ announce these professions of pride, and then to be so sensitive that you lash out at the universe any time anyone says something that seems like it might possibly sound like it could be racist or homophobic or something else.Â That is weakness.
Most racists hide. They have eggs as their avatar, because everyone who’s against racism has won the war. It’s time to come to terms with that victory and own it.Â Maybe you didn’t get to march with Martin Luther King, instead, we get to inherit the world that he helped win, one where racism as a function of power in any meaningful sense has been defeated.
Which is not to say thatÂ racism doesn’t exist, but that it is cowardly and powerless to stop you. The ideas of racism are deplorable and abhorrent and everyone knows it. And everyone knows that the people who don’t, are losers.