Other people have the idea that minority groups are allowed to be homogenous, but that white people have to be forced into being ashamed of who they are. How can one person claim that multiculturalism is for non-white people while not demonising white pride.
Let’s get this straight.
White people aren’t being forced to be ashamed of who they are. In fact you are doing white people a grave injustice by lumping all white culture into one giant category.
Oktoberfest is different from St. Patrick’s Day despite both festivals being centered around stereotypical amounts of booze. Easter in the USA is completely different to Easter in the UK and Easter in the UK is different from Easter in the Czech Republic.
Again tradition is different too. A Christmas Dinner in the UK may involve turkey or ham or lamb… But in the Czech Republic (just 2 hours away by flight) it would involve fried carp and potato salad.
How can you consider all this variety in “white” culture under a single banner? Even Indians don’t consider themselves as homogenous. The Chinese may have a strong chinese identity but they still do recognise regional differences (but not to the extent that Indians do.)
Okay, what you mean is not “White Pride” but “Majority Pride”.
The problem is there are white people who CLAIM to represent all white people who do things that make white people ashamed of who they are. The kind of people who are “proud” of being white are the kind of people who hate other people because of the colour of their skin. That applies to every group of people who are proud of what skin colour they have. In all honesty? The white people who insist on white pride are the sort of people who have little to be proud about. It’s the same in every group of race supremacists. They steal the achievements of real people and denigrate the achievements of others in order to elevate their achievements by proxy. It’s like claiming that you personally are witty, erudite and intelligent just because you watch Stephen Fry speak.
The sort of people who want race “pride” events are not the sort of people who participate in “culture”. A quick look on a white pride site and what do you see? Whinging about uppity black people? Jews? Mexicans? Sometimes you get the “Chinese people look the same” or a “Indian people smell spicy”. Basically?
Is ANYONE proud of being like that? We don’t get to hear about western classical music. We don’t get to hear about ballet. Or Shakespeare. We don’t get to hear about any of these things unless it’s the “See! Shakespeare is white! I cannot name any black people who wrote literature like him! Ergo I am superior!” argument.
Let’s put it into context. The Carnival in Notting Hill is a mainly Afro-Carribean celebration.
White people can show up and have fun. Even participate. No one stops them from taking part and in fact the Afro-Carribean community welcomes them.
The opposite “White Event” is the BNP rally. The problem is they aren’t proud of “British Culture” they are proud of being White. The kind of people who aren’t proud of Stephen Fry (a National Treasure IMHO) but who are happy to go around saying “Them Brown People Shouldn’t Be Allowed!”.
Let’s take another example for local cultural events that have been perverted. First the nice. St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s day in Ireland outside of the Troubles was a general day for celebration. It was Irish Culture on display and anyone could participate in it. In the USA it’s taken on “troubling connotations” where people with none of the cultural baggage of Ireland drink whatever hellish concoction that green beer is heavily, speak like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, and sing revolutionary songs in support of terrorists while claiming to be deeply in touch with the simple ways of Ireland. Because Dublin isn’t a thriving city but a sleepy economy filled with stereotypically lazy and stupid Irishmen… THAT! Is the most racist thing I could think of about St. Patrick’s Day. The cultural appropriation of Irish Culture by Americans who have no grasp of the issues and the casual sectarianism.
By contrast? St. George’s day for a long period of time was a good day to get punched growing up as a British Indian. I still dislike the day because of how I was brought up to fear skinheads and the violence that the day used to be associated with. England’s Culture was not on display.
That’s how you do a good event vs. a bad one.
The issue isn’t that “White People Shouldn’t Be Ashamed of their Culture”. It’s that white people’s culture is so pervasive and enjoyed by “everyone” so as to be the norm. The Ballet doesn’t run on one single weekend. It runs throughout the year. Same for a Shakespearean theater.
And that people who insist that they have days for “White People Only” fail to realise that celebrating a festival among minority groups tends to be an inclusive event while a similar festival declared as “White People” tends to be exclusive.
It’s simple. If there is a Diwali celebration, go down. See how you are treated.
And then imagine how I would be (as an Asian) treated at a white pride festival.