A psychoanalyst recently diagnosed Whiteness as a mental illness. Another psychiatrist said she had fantasies of shooting White people. These are just two examples of the intensity of the disapproval of Whiteness currently taking place in America. But Whiteness is essential to American society as well as Western Civilization so it should be esteemed and preserved.
Conflicting opinions of Whiteness are offered in two recent books; “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “The Diversity Delusion” by Heather Mac Donald
Robin DiAngelo takes the standard Leftist view. Her book. “White Fragility” is based on two basic assumptions: “All Whites are racists” and “Its hard for Whites to talk about racism.” Social justice activists and Left-leaning journalists might promote DiAngelo’s two assumptions but I disagree with both. Her claim, “Its hard for Whites to talk about racism” might be true but that doesn’t mean Whites are racists.
You would think DiAngelo’s cliches would no longer hold an audience’s attention but people actually pay to attend her lectures. They also pay to participate in her workshops where guilt-ridden Whites are scolded for denying their racism.
At the other end of the spectrum is Heather MacDonald who refers to herself as a secular conservative. She uses the modifier “secular” because she feels conservatism does not need to be propped up by religion. In essence, MacDonald rejects Leftist racial banalities in favor of ‘common sense.’ Problems within the Black community cannot be blamed on White racism nor is it the cause for the disproportionate number of Black males serving prison sentences.
Heather MacDonald’s level-headed interpretations of race relations is what we need to hear instead of DiAngelo’s one-sided accusations. Also MacDonald’s writings and lectures tend to uphold the importance of Whiteness.
For most of our history ‘Whiteness’ was a euphemism for what was considered ‘normal’ and beneficial. White society was a crucial part of Western Civilization and ancient Greece was generally considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. Greece, with help from the Roman Empire, spread Western Civilization (aka White Civilization) throughout Europe. This White European culture permeated the newly formed American colonies.
But Western Civilization has had little impact on what are categorized as ‘Third World’ countries, so-called because their development lagged behind USA and the Soviet Union (identified as the first and second worlds). Countless citizens of under-developed Third World countries have immigrated to America and have not been turned away. Today, one out of every 10 American voters is an immigrant.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture had a “Whiteness” poster in its “Talking About Race” series. The poster contained this statement, “If you identify as white, acknowledging your white racial identity and its privileges is a crucial step to help end racism.” The poster ascribed traits such as hard work, being on time, and politeness to “white culture.” But ascribing a multitude of positive traits to Whiteness was considered to be condescending and unfair to Black people, so the poster was removed.
In this age of coerced equity, the concept of separate races is considered “old-hat.” Today everyone is assumed to belong to the same race and that lessens the uniqueness of Whiteness.
The existence of racism was originally determined empirically by social scientists but today political organizations, social justice warriors, and far-Left zealots are deciding what constitutes racism. These zealots have actually described Whiteness as “an existential danger to the country and the world” and have demanded its elimination.
The USA was founded by White Europeans who created a White dominant society. However, non-White minorities have continually relocated to America. But although Whites as a percentage of the population has declined it remains the ascendant culture. And Whiteness still characterizes America.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.