There seems to be some confusion among my politically right wing and liberty loving friends about the topic of “white pride”. Memes are circling around the supposed logical inconsistency in minority groups having the social freedom to express their racial pride while whites expressing white pride is seen as an expression of racism.
I can empathize with the desire to not feel left out and I am aware that most of my friends with this confusion aren’t closet racists or attempting to belittle the suffering of minority groups. However there is a lot of good reason why white pride is seen as a negative. There is a deep historical relationship between whiteness, the government and oppression.
First let me make clear there is a meaningful distinction between whiteness and being of European descent. It is one thing to identify with say your Irish heritage. This is widely accepted socially. Irish parades, British flags, so on. What seems to be Philosophically problematic is the embracing of whiteness and white pride.
Whiteness has been a sort of political identity. One used to indicate a position of power over others. It is an oddly fluid thing with its existence being largely depend on historical statism. For example, The United States government changed white on the Census in order to include or exclude Hispanics from immigration to meet demands for labor throughout the decades. Irish and Italians were sometimes referred to with the N word to emphasize their exclusion from whiteness and the position of power.
This is why white pride is unique from other forms of racial pride. At Least in the United States. White pride is almost always accompanied with prejudices and a grasp for political power. White pride is statist in its nature and liberty lovers will do good to be weary of it.