Charles B. Paul
Glencoe's Human Heritage presents highly misleading passages about the African slave trade, inducing students to believe that it was initiated by Europeans, some 500 years ago, to furnish labor for European colonies in the New World. In fact, the overseas trade in black slaves was established much earlier, was established by Arabs, and was operated with the complicity of black rulers and black merchants.
False beliefs about slavery are evidently popular, but promoting such beliefs in history books is a serious disservice to students. To put this practice into perspective, let me quote from a recent newspaper article by Thomas Sowell:
A history professor wrote to me recently about one of his students who asked: "Where did slavery come from?"
"The real question," he replied, "is, Where did freedom come from?"
Slavery is thousands of years older than freedom. It is so old that no one knows when or how it began. It existed among people of every color on every inhabited continent. The very word "slave" in a number of languages derives from the word for Slavs, who were enslaved for centuries before the first African was brought to the Western Hemisphere. Slavery exists at this very moment in Mauritania [a country in northwestern Africa], where 30,000 Africans are kept in brutal bondage.
The only reason slavery is not still prevalent today is because Western civilization eventually turned against it and proceeded to stamp it out all over the world -- over the bitter opposition of Africans and Arabs, among others.
Such things are seldom mentioned in our schools or colleges because it would not be "politically correct." What is taught leaves the impression that slavery is something created by or for one particular race.
Freedom is even less understood. We take freedom so much for granted that there is little or no sense of what went into producing it -- or what is necessary to maintain it.
Freedom does not just happen. It exists today in a relative handful of nations, and it has existed in that handful only in recent centuries.
(I saw Sowell's article in the San Jose [California] Mercury News for 27 March. Sowell is a syndicated columnist whose work is distributed by Creators' Syndicate, based in Los Angeles.)
Sowell has done well to remind us that the suppression of slavery was a Western endeavor, and that slavery still persists in Africa -- points that are routinely omitted from the history books and geography books used in our schools. I should add that the case of Mauritania is not unique. A recent report in the London Observer described the flourishing slave trade that has been instituted by Arabs in Sudan: The Arabs capture young persons in southern Sudan, force them to accept Islam and Arab names, and sell them for use within Sudan or for export to countries in western Africa or on the Persian Gulf.
If you are proud of something as stupid as having white skin that means you are probably racist because stupid people are. Even if I was the most muscular looking guy ever it is nothing to be proud of. If however I used my muscles to lift something heavy then that would be something to be proud of. You can't be proud of the way you look, someone who says they are are most probably one of those insecure hate filled people who wants to feel better about themself by making others feel worse when there is absolutely no reason to be.
The claim of pride in color, either on its own or in response to pride from another race, is missing the mark. Be proud to be a good person, student, athlete, humanitarian etc... But pride in the pigment of your skin has no merit in and of itself. Your skin can have no direct affect on anything, nor can it support accomplish or provide any betterment to the human race. It is superficial and foolish. Identity through race is a failure to identify individuals and what the stand for. It's a sad commentary on humanity that we still draw lines in such a superficial manner.
Why should I be proud of, for example, being a man? Is it better than the alternative? Or why should i be proud of being French? What's wrong with the English? For that matter why should I be "proud" to be gay? Does it make me better than someone who isn't? I can't even say, given our track record, that I'm proud to be human. Just get used to that fact that creating divisions in society isn't as useful as emphasizing our common humanity, and leave it at that. Be "proud" of being a decent human being.
When you say white pride is racist or offensive, you are saying a person should not be proud of being white? How come you get to be proud of being YOUR ethnicity but a white person can't do the same thing? Sure, whites have not been oppressed as a group but they still have a right to be proud of their ethnicity.
That's not really a valid argument against white pride because it's fairly irrelevant to what "White Pride" actually is. Even so, why can't I be proud of the way I look? In terms of physicality or muscularity, as some of the opposing example were, I work to get muscle - meaning I have to work to get bigger, stronger, etc. I'm proud of that because I lifted those bars, did those squats, etc. I'm not as proud of the fact that I have the muscles as I am that I built them myself and can do more with them. I didn't have to work to get my white skin tone as I did my musculature, but, much like my muscles, I'm not as proud of the fact that I have white skin, but what people who have white skin have done, it's about the Caucasian culture. (and you can't argue that there's no such thing as Caucasian or white culture because every other race - African American, Italian, Native American, etc. - have their own culture, so to say that all of them have their own culture and Caucasian people don't would, in it's own way, be backwards racism. Clearly not subscribing to "White Pride", it sounds like you just don't understand what it's actually about.
Im a proud caucasian woman with "white pride" tatooed across neck who doesnt have the time nor the crayons to explain my personal opinion. Freedom of speech is a very basic right. I have ver passionate beliefs and am entitled those beliefs. I believe blacks are simply choosing to play the victim card once again.
But I bet you thousands of black people would shout racism because they love to play the victim/race card. I would know. I've seen plenty and know plenty.
Be proud to be you. Don't let crybullies tell you how you should feel about yourself. Where people need to stand up and say enough is enough.
Look, There is nothing wrong with being proud of your ethnicity. Now, Saying White POWER is racist because you are saying whites are better than every other race and they should have total power. But being proud you are white is ok as long as you don't believe whites are superior to all other races.
If someone wants to be proud of being white,it's most likely because of just the fact that t hey're white. I'm black and I'm proud of it. Not because of anything black people have done as an ethnicity,but just because. There isn't ALWAYS a deeper meaning to things. I might just be something plain and simple.
If it is then doesn't that equal racism towards white people as it oppresses their skin colour? . . . . . . . . . . . . That is basically all that I wanted to say so this is just me filling in the blanks for my argument 😂
Long answer: It's no different to black pride, Hispanic pride, gay pride, etc. It's taking pride in what your people have done to advance human civilization economically, socially, and politically. Blacks can be proud of Martin Luther King and his work for Civil Rights, and I should be able to be proud of Abraham Lincoln and what he did to free the slaves.