Is it ok to be proud of being white? Why or why not?

Updated on December 16, 2021 in Issues
10 on August 17, 2020

White people have been behind countless things that are considered some of the greatest achievements of mankind. They have also committed some of the worst atrocities in human history. However, every race has resorted to slavery on a massive scale, carried out genocides, brutal warfare, and participated in things like racism and xenophobia. Whether anyone likes it or not, I am proud to be white. I think it is a terrible thing that some children hate the fact that they are white, which is a real thing because I’ve seen it numerous times personally. I believe it is wrong for anyone to be ashamed of things they can’t change like their skin color, even if they are Caucasian with white skin and blue eyes.

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1 on September 14, 2020

You need to be proud of your genetics unless your gonna sit in pity for the rest of your life, wondering why you were born opposite to what u prefer. People need to take in the positive facts, rather than dwell on the negativity.

on December 16, 2021

To say you are proud of your race is a very interesting topic, I would think that you wouldn’t mean as much as a race but more on the side of culture. it’s totally reasonable to take pride in your culture, it’s the collection of your ancestor’s survival to make what you are today. Of course, our ancestors did bad things, they were the developing man. Of course, taking in too much pride can be divisive but at the same time can be connecting if done appropriately. More specifically when talking about white people being proud, it seems unreasonable to say they can’t. For one, white people can mean a collection of different races, but second, all races did good and bad things and understanding the severity of those actions can be eye-opening. 

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0 on November 25, 2020

I wouldn’t say that because it sounds super conservative but you do NOT have to be ashamed of your race

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0 on July 13, 2021

You shouldn’t be ashamed of you race no matter what however white ppl should be ashamed of what they have and their ancestors have done in terms of slavery genocide and other atrocities. The fact that we are discussing if white ppl should be proud to be white or not shows how far we still have got to go in terms or acceptance and equality for POC. We are unable to admit what we have done wrong and instead or trying to make the world a better place we are here debating whether you can be proud to be white. We are turning ourselves into the victims when we are taking part in systemic racism every day. Well that is my opinion anyway I am happy to be further educated by anyone who’s knows more than me

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0 on July 18, 2021

Why not?

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0 on November 1, 2021

Despite what my profile picture may lead you to assume I am not Asian. I’m half Hispanic and Half White, I agree with you here. The western world is generally lead around a Guilt-based society, reflecting on your actions, what you did wrong, and how you can make amends, this basis also holds true when accounting of race. In recent history racial inequality has been shed to light and has been a leading factor- by what I assume – to why some white people are ashamed by their race. “Sins of the Fathers”, A famous biblical quote serves as a perfect analogy for this predicament. If you’re ancestors committed atrocities against others then it shouldn’t mean you get judged upon by their actions.

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0 on November 2, 2021

Yes. You should be proud of your race no matter what it is. But that doesn’t mean that you should be racist or use your white supremacy in a bad way

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0 on November 6, 2021

I think what you’re really saying here is not “its okay to be proud of being white” and more that “white guilt shouldn’t exist.”

 

Yeah, I guess it’s okay to be proud of what your race has done, but it’s like being proud of Tom Brady for continuing to be the best quarterback. Yeah, sure, it’s okay, but it’s also super easy because of how consistently it is true; and in the case of white people this is consistently true because of outright oppression of other cultures for reasons that were reasonably rational at the time, but are nonetheless ultimately pretty messed up. There’s no need to compare this to any other race, any atrocity is bad. That’s just something we white people should accept.

 

Now, I’ll also say that this resembles a very uneducated view of slavery that seems to be very American also. You really can’t compare the type of slavery seen during the Imperialist period to previous forms because the rules changed so dramatically. This was most notable in the US, but even globally most forms of slavery changed from conquered people and their children, to entire races of people being declared a labor force and socially ostracized purely for their race. You can’t say white people didn’t directly profit off the oppression of other races in a way that persisted through time. 

 

I guess what I’m saying is it’s okay to be proud of who you are, but to tie it to whiteness is a mistake.

 

The reason it’s great to have, say, black identity versus white identity is specifically because blacks have been oppressed. It’s something that just doesn’t work in reverse. To have pride in dominance culturally detracts from individual worth, but to have pride in individual worth despite cultural oppression will always yield a great return. The argument even falls apart mathematically. The focus needs to be on the individual, and that individual’s associations. Whiteness just simply doesn’t make sense for the individual to tie themselves to.

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0 on December 5, 2021

You are allowed to be proud of your ethnicity/race/religion etc. However, you should know the privilege that is accompanied with it. If you’re white and you’re proud of being white, know that you are less likely to be attacked or killed on the streets, you are paid more in jobs compared to people of color, your ancestors did not need to face slavery or segregation, you do not have to face discrimination in your workplace or in a healthcare environment, and overall you will not be able to understand the struggles of people of color. You should also note the reasons why you shouldn’t be proud to be your ethnicity/race/religion. Everyone has some reasons, as a South Asian, I am appalled on how the country I am from is handling social issues such as climate change and abortion. You should note that your race (if you’re white) had put people of color through such terrible things.  

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0 on December 5, 2021

You are allowed to be proud of your ethnicity/race/religion etc. However, you should know the privilege that is accompanied with it. If you’re white and you’re proud of being white, know that you are less likely to be attacked or killed on the streets, you are paid more in jobs compared to people of color, your ancestors did not need to face slavery or segregation, you do not have to face discrimination in your workplace or in a healthcare environment, and overall you will not be able to understand the struggles of people of color. You should also note the reasons why you shouldn’t be proud to be your ethnicity/race/religion. Everyone has some reasons, as a South Asian, I am appalled on how the country I am from is handling social issues such as climate change and abortion. You should note that your race (if you’re white) had put people of color through such terrible things.  

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