I know as I write this, I am opening myself up for perhaps the worst criticism I have ever endured since I began blogging for the Sandusky Register in May 2008. I have a feeling that I will be ripped to pieces worse than when I defended the Underground and local music. But as you may have read before, I’m done caring what people think of my opinions. They are my thoughts and views, and I have my God and Constitution-given right to express them. Now that I have stated that, I want every one to know: I am not racist.
However, I must bring to light a (shall I say “delicate”) topic. No, I am not racist, but why is it I am accused of bigotry if I am proud of being Caucasian? Technically, I’m not even “white.” I am a quarter Hispanic on my mother’s side. But, no one would ever really know by looking at me. That’s beside the point. If I were to stand up and say that I am proud to be white, I would be looked upon as racist, although I have never thought my race was better than any other. I have never thought any other culture, race, or religion was beneath my own.
There’s the United Negro College fund, but if there was a college fund given to just Caucasian students, it would be racist. If there was a W.E.T (White Entertainment Television), it would be racist, yet there is still a B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television), and no one thinks there’s anything wrong with that. A white woman can not be in the Miss Black America pageant, but any member of any race can be in the regular Miss America pageant. There are many all/only African American colleges, but if any other college denied some one based on the color of their skin, there would be an immediate uproar.
I’ve been called a cracker, honky, spic, and bean digger by members of other races. But if I were to use a derogatory word toward black people, I would be a bigot. Please don’t twist my words, and think that I wish to be able to use that word freely, because that’s far from true. However, many of my African American friends use the word without consequence. Why is it only they can use it without being racist? At homecoming this year, I was told that I dance “black.” How can I dance like a color? I hear people all the time say some one is acting “black.” How can you act like a color? You can’t.
It’s not just Caucasians who are racist. There are racist members of every ethnicity. No matter how hard we try, there will always be bigotry in this world. There will always be hatred in people’s hearts, and anger in their souls. Although I think it is wrong, everyone is entitled to their own feelings. If you want to hate me because of something I have done, then by all means, hate me. But don’t hate me for being Caucasian, don’t hate me for being Hispanic. It is our right as human beings to have free will. Whether we make good use of it or not is ultimately up to us. We all have the right to be proud of our ethnic backgrounds without fear of being accused of racism.