Guest post: proud to be white
Aug 21st, 2011 by Unamused
Unamusement Park’s very first guest post is brought to you by… someone who would like to remain anonymous. This is the same person responsible for a recent outstanding comment. Without further ado, I present his or her post.
I love your website, and I read it every day. I think you are doing much to help our fellow white people to overcome the urge to deny the reality they see with their own eyes, and I salute you for it. I wouldn’t change a thing.
It is, however, pretty strong stuff. You cushion the blow with humor, which is what makes your site so much better than the typical skinhead/Hitleroid/militiaman/Olde Southe schtick one sees elsewhere on the Internet. Still, to a typical white person of the sort that drinks Lite beer and watches cable television eight hours each day, I think that the material on your website — as good as it is — is still going to be either incomprehensible or over-the-line shocking.
Unamused here, interrupting for the first and last time to say: (1) I’m flattered, and (2) thank God my friends aren’t typical white people.
And you can’t blame them. For the past fifty years white people have been relentlessly propagandized to believe that they do not exist — that is, that white people as such do not exist, that race is a social construct with no biological component. To the typical American white person, whites only exist as race in the context of an oppressor race, chiefly characterized by its propensity for genocide (of the Noble Red Man, etc.) and enslavement (of You Know Who). We have also been taught that we like mayonnaise, we can’t dance, we marry our cousins, we are socially awkward, etc. Most of all, we have been taught that whiteness as such is identical with hatred — hatred of other races, especially Jews and blacks. Each of us have been hammered with these messages since birth, made subject to an indoctrination campaign in the form of TV shows, motion pictures, pop music, literature, and the arts of which a dictator like Stalin or Kim could only dream.
We have been taught to hate what we are, to consider ourselves inferior and immoral, and to deny our very existence. In short, we have been “put in our place” in the same fashion as blacks were under Jim crow. We ourselves have become the New Nigger — ridiculed, scapegoated, hated.
Bearing this in mind, it becomes obvious (to me, at least) that a full-frontal White Nationalist campaign isn’t the most effective way to reach the typical white person. Joe Whitebread isn’t going to respond the way we wish him to when confronted with tales of black mob violence or reverse discrimination. He has been carefully taught (and truly believes) that black violence is his fault (“the legacy of five hundred years of slavery”), and that reverse discrimination in hiring, college admissions, etc. are a just response to white privilege, systemic racism, and the good old boy network’s anti-black conspiracy.
Neither are appeals to science a viable method of making the typical white person admit that race is in part a biological reality. Jane Litebeer doesn’t give a damn about science. She does not understand it and has no idea what words like “median,” “heritability,” and “phenotypical” mean. Such things confuse and scare her. She forms her worldview not on the basis of empirical science but on what her favorite actors, pop stars, and trash-fiction novelists tell her is true.
To typical white people such as Joe and Jane, the material on your website is not a call to arms. It is racist trash published by and for buck-toothed rednecks, Klansmen, and people like that bad guy on this week’s episode of Law & Order. They see it that way because they have been taught to see things in that way.
We have to find a way to reach these folks. While there is much to be gained by connecting with the smarter, more engaged white people of the type that read your blog, our cause can make no real progress by preaching solely to the choir. We have to win at least 10% of the Joes and Janes to the cause if we want to achieve our goals. How to do this?
I have an idea how. Remember how I said that whites today are something like like blacks were under Jim Crow? Well, Jim Crow wasn’t ended by the violent, confrontational Huey Newtons and Malcom X types. It was ended by the Martin Luther Kings — the gentle, soft-spoken, respectable, positive voices of persuasion. Subservient, meek blacks were not “shocked” into becoming crusaders for racial equality; they were instead gradually convinced to cast off the Jim Crow mentality and acknowledge their existence as black people, their dignity and right to equal treatment, and their social power.
If we are going to win the new civil rights battle, we must do the same. We can’t expect to win over Joe and Jane with true but nevertheless shocking and offensive negative messages. We have to gently and positively push the Three Ideas we need them to accept:
- white people exist
- white people have the right to exist
- white people have the right to exist as white people
To this end, I propose we accompany our consciousness-raising campaign aimed at the Bright Whites with a carefully-planned and low-intensity guerrilla campaign targeted on Joe Whitebread and Jane Litebeer. We use the classic low-tech propaganda techniques — posters, flyers, sloganeering, etc. — in concert with a high-tech Internet propaganda effort. We push a simple, consistent, positive message — “Love Who You Are,” “White People exist!,” “Pride, not Hate” — using simple methods, tying it all together with a simple, straightforward, well-reasoned Internet focus.
Concretely: I propose that a website be established on a secure server. Call it “Proud2BeWhite.com” or something like that. This one-page website contains an extremely simple, boiled-down statement of what we’re trying to do, what we want them to admit. This single column of text, written at a seventh-grade reading level, would lay out in positive terms the reasons we are proud to be white: our heritage, our culture, our contributions to the world. It will state in clear, unequivocal terms what we are not: haters, Klansmen, Nazis, hillbillies, anti-Semites. It will speak not of the negatives of other races but of the positives of our own. It will push over and over again the simple truth of the Three Ideas. It will avoid any suggestion of a political solution or social program intended to improve race relations. It will accept neither comments (except by e-mail) nor donations. It will not offer readers an opportunity to join any cause or sign any petition or lobby for any legislation. Its only call to action will be: “Stop hating yourself, Joe and Jane. You can admit that you’re white, and that being white is a good thing, without being a hater.”
How do we drive Joe and Jane to this website? By low-tech means — flyers slipped into newspaper stacks, posters tacked surreptitiously onto bulletin boards, posters stuck up (non-permanently) in the dead of night on fences and bathroom walls across America. Each of these bears a professional-quality image promoting one of our core points in a friendly and positive faction, and each bears the inscription “proud2bewhite.com”. I have included a low-res sample of one of these propaganda pieces with this message as an example.
I have no illusions about such a campaign. I expect nine out of every ten of these propaganda pieces to be trashed unread. It is not going to trigger a tidal wave of white pride or race consciousness among the Joes and Janes. That comes later, when we have 2% or 3% of the white people in America on board. I see this campaign instead as a continuous, slow drip of water. Any individual poster or flyer or leaflet or other “droplet” will have little effect on the rock of self-hatred we are trying to crack — but droplet after droplet, month after month, year after year, may at least wear away a portion of that rock, weakening it and making later attacks upon it more effective.
It will (once widely deployed) also create a low background hum of “white unrest” among the news media — a kind of literal “white noise” that will unsettle the enemy, rattle his confidence, and spur him to make (hopefully embarrassing) counter-efforts to silence or discredit it. We will not cooperate with these counter-efforts. We will not give the enemy the rope he needs to hang us. We will give them no ranting against the Negro Menace, no cranial measurement comparisons, no swastikas, death’s heads, or white hoods to throw back in our faces. We will be positive, friendly, upbeat, and loving. We will be nonpolitical, non-ideological, and non-sectarian. We will present a message that even our worst enemies will not be able to entirely negate. Yes, they’ll label us a segregationists, haters, and concentration-camp enthusiasts — but we will not respond. We will simply repeat the message that it’s All Right to Be White. And at the end of the day, even the most brainwashed Joe or Jane is going to have a hard time believing that it’s not true.
Once 10% of white America believes it’s true, we win.
It goes without saying that whatever we do must be scrupulously legal, entirely free of charge, non-destructive of private or public property, and completely anonymous. We must make the images available on the website free of charge so that people can download, print, and distribute them. We must ignore any parodies, ridicule, or repurposing of the images by the enemy. We must push, push, push the message — ubiquitously, positively, relentlessly, without anger and without hatred.
Once we have Joe and Jane ready to accept their own whiteness and to quit hating themselves, they’ll be ready for the stronger stuff.
That’s it. I’m sorry to bang on so long about this, but it’s an idea that I haven’t been able to shake and I had to share it with someone. Please let me know what you think of it. If you find it nonsensical, impractical, or just plain stupid, that is of course totally okay. I will continue to read and enjoy your site as long as you continue to publish it.
Keep up the good work!
PS — For the record: I do not hate black people or any other group of people. While I do think that separatism is the best policy for all, I do not support or condone violence or hatred of any person or group of people.
Unamused here. I think this is a great idea. How about you, commenters? Want to get in on the ground floor?