Shame for Me, Pride for Thee

Paul Green just sent me this quote from Newsweek. It highlights an issue that Fjordman and others have written about many times before: Ethnic pride is acceptable and desirable and should be encouraged in any group — so long as it’s not white.

This is the general subtext that underlies all politically correct multicultural dogma, but it’s rarely stated so clearly and so openly.

As Paul says:

Orwell’s words seem more than apropos when considering this Newsweek article about how children perceive race. It is just suffused with multicultural cant and white race-shame.

The money quote:
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Preparation for bias is not, however, the only way minorities talk to their children about race. The other broad category of conversation, in Harris-Britt’s analysis, is ethnic pride. From a very young age, minority children are coached to be proud of their ethnic history. She found that this was exceedingly good for children’s self-confidence; in one study, black children who’d heard messages of ethnic pride were more engaged in school and more likely to attribute their success to their effort and ability.

That leads to the question that everyone wonders but rarely dares to ask. If ‘black pride’ is good for African-American children, where does that leave white children? It’s horrifying to imagine kids being ‘proud to be white’. [emphasis added]

Why is it horrifying?

Why is it laudable to be proud of your ethnic group, but only if you’re not white?

Oh, yes, I know all the reasons — the Middle Passage, Hitler, our history of brutality and colonial exploitation, Hitler, Jim Crow, Hitler, systematic prejudice and discrimination by whites against non-whites, Hitler, and My Lai. And did I mention Hitler?

How about the whites of Zimbabwe? They’re a persecuted minority who are subject to beatings, rapes, expropriation, and murder. Can’t they be proud?

Nope. They’re white. No pride for them!

I’ll say it one more time: Stick a fork in us. We’re done.

10 thoughts on “Shame for Me, Pride for Thee

  1. It’s the same here in Oz. My girl is in Grade 1 (just turned 7) and earlier this year she came home telling me that white people are mean to black people.

    Gee, thanks, Dept of Education. With the sexuality health education and the usual thank you to aboriginal owners of the land at assembly, I’m sure she’ll grow up to be a regular bleeding heart.

  2. Why is it laudable to be proud of your ethnic group, but only if you’re not white?

    The error here is in the entire idea of “ethnic pride”. One shouldn’t be proud of being born black or female, because that isn’t something you accomplished. Only accomplishments justify pride.

    One can be proud of American culture and values, as that is something we did accomplish. Sadly, American culture is also targeted for the leftist chopping block, and “ethnic pride” is one of the means by which they intend to accomplish that.

  3. “Stick a fork in us. We’re done.”


    I just did this!

    It worked for a 2.5 pound roast too. And the fork went right through 😉
    Not so much “done” as medium rare though 🙂


    You forgot to mention Hitler!

    H.B. Palmaer at Beska Droppar was gracious enough to quote what I wrote recently in my blog about how Hitler, Hitler and Hitler add to the equation which renders the “Stick a fork in us. We’re done” situation.

    The link is here. It’s the second half of the post.

    Oh, and one more thing. Regarding the Newsweek article. Anyone remembers this?

    Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.

  4. Newsweek, like many other MSM print “news” outlets, such as the NYT and LA Times, is under severe financial pressure, due to declining readership and subscription fall-off. They decided to address this problem by “reinventing” themselves a few months ago as a political/cultural commentary magazine like The New Republic or The Atlantic Monthly, as opposed to the respected newsweekly they once were in the 20th Century. I doubt that there is a big market for this type of magazine, so Newsweek’s days are numbered. Most of their readership is probably white, so articles like this will only hasten their readership decline. It’s interesting to see how the MSM refuses to budge on their ideological policies despite the fact that they are bleeding readers and subscriptions because of their bias. They’d rather lose their jobs than be ojective.

  5. No. We are NOT done. As Winston Churchill said in 1941,

    “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty -— never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

    And that applies whether the enemy’s might is physical or ideological. I have not been able to home-school my children, but I have taught them to be proud of their heritage and to disdain the “smelly little orthodoxies” of which Orwell wrote. And they have listened.

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