This will help tackle White Supremacy.
DO IT. Please.
Because “White” is an oppressive identifier.
It’s a blank slate. No life. No world. No culture.
Irish, Polish, German? Culture.
Italian, Romanian, Basque, Portuguese? Culture.
Macedonian, Greek, Croatian? Culture.
White? *wind howls through the graveyard*
Irish, Choctaw, and proud. This might also help people from trying to latch onto other groups so much, like when hipsters wear headdresses and call themselves gypsies.
Here’s where I run into trouble.
I was born on a US Army base in Germany, but nine months later we moved back to the states and I’ve been here ever since. I am a fourth-generation (at the latest, some branches emigrated earlier) immigrant American of Caucasian descent. My family left behind any European cultural trappings generations ago; the last ones to have any real connection were my paternal grandparents, who had some bits and pieces of the Czech/Bohemian culture my grandfather’s parents grew up in before they came over here.
I am not Czech, or Bohemian, or German, or Austrian, or English, or any other European culture. I did not grow up in Germany or England or any other place in Europe. I grew up in the United States, and I have no more claim to any European culture than I do to any Native American culture. I was raised in a Catholic, conservative family, where holidays were largely a time to go to church and visit family, but with no real traditions beyond the usual dyeing eggs for Easter, putting up a tree at Christmas, etc. So I am what a lot of people mistakenly refer to as “typical American”.
And you know what happens when I look into the European cultures of my ancestors? I run into the cultural appropriation issue *again*. I’m not the only one with this problem, either. I am guessing most people reading this aren’t familiar with Celtic reconstructionism, but there’s been a LOT of discussion there about whether American CRs are appropriating from Irish, Scottish, and other living Celtic cultures. And in the same way, I don’t feel right drawing on the cultures of my ancestors because I am not a part of those living traditions.
So I have to make sense of who and what I am right here and right now. I am not just generic “white”, I am not European, and my entire cultural experience for the first twenty years of my life was largely shaped by other people who were, like me, descended from European immigrants and raised in the midwestern United States. I’ve since then been able to expand my experiences some, especially after moving to areas with more diversity and hanging out with people from a wider variety of backgrounds, but my roots are still largely what holds me as a person up.
And that’s my starting point. Any suggestions on where to go from here? (And yes, that’s a serious question and I’m open to ideas.)
Thank gawd for Korra, SBFF, MLP, and hopefully a growing list.
Boo for every time this “data” has been brought up, and hurray for the day when I can go to a pitch without hearing this.
Just make something good, give it some heart, and stop testing stuff till it’s just a bunch of mush.