This is a post about a political topic, and I don't think the changes I'm suggesting will happen. Also, my opinion likely wont be changed by your angry comment.
I’m just publishing this cause I think it’s an interesting idea.
Here we go!
Here's something that bugs me about the United States. Every American has 'titles' that go along with their identity.
And so on.
I want to start by saying that I don’t think these labels are bad. I think an amazing part of America is the different cultures that make up the States. I think labels allows us to embrace our heritage and helps us remember where we came from.
Here’s where I do have a problem, though, and would like to see a change that will never happen:
I’ve never been called ‘white American’ or ‘Caucasian American.’
I have, however, been called ‘American.’
And it’s true. I’m absolutely an American, and my identity certainly lays heavily on being American. I was born here, as were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
And before that? They came from Europe.
But I’m not a Caucasian, white or European American. I’m just American.
And that bugs me.
One reason is because it makes us forget where we came from!
I think it's dope that I’m descendants of (mostly) Belgian and British immigrants (I’m still very much a European mutt)! I’ve had the opportunity to go to those countries, and I loved it! I love being able to say that my ancestors came from those countries! They survived the plague!
And they were all super poor peasant folk, so I’m pretty sure they didn’t participate in the colonization of Africa! . . . right? Right?
Not only that, but it makes me wonder how much my ancestors went through to get me to this awesome spot that I am in life. They truly are responsible for helping me be where I am today!
It also gives us more of a sense of identity. I cannot tell you how at-home I felt when I went to Utah's Scottish Festival (despite my little-to-no Scottish blood). I was around others who came from the same place, struggled with the same pale-skin issues, and shared so much of the same culture!
The other reason why this makes me sad is because I believe it subtly feeds into white privilege without us knowing it, realizing it, or meaning to.
That’s just how our culture is. We’re American’s. They’re African American, Asian American, [ethnicity] American. But we’re Americans.
Why is that?
I don’t know. I don’t know how this started, or why it is the way that it is. I just think it’d be cool if it was different.
What I’d love to see happen is for white Americans to start referring themselves as/being referred to as European American. (Or Caucasian American. Did you know Caucasian literally means ‘of European descent’? I had no idea until today!)
I believe doing this would help us be more accepting of others, welcoming of different cultures, and – in an ideal world – maybe even cut back racism.
Now because I have overly-sensitive white friends who probably have their panties up in a wad over this post, I want to make this clear:
There is nothing wrong with being white.
There is nothing wrong with embracing your Irish/British/Scottish/German/French/Belgian/Russian Heritage.
There is something wrong when you forget you’re a descendant of immigrants.
There is something wrong when you judge someone else for being an immigrant/descendant of an immigrant, when you yourself are one.
We can't get rid of these labels. And to be honest, I think it would be sad if we got rid of these labels. I think these labels are a good way to embrace, honor and remember our ancestors. They help us uphold traditions and remember where we came from.
I guess, the point I’m trying to get across here . . . or my thesis statement . . . is this: White Americans are European Mutts and should be referred to as European Americans. (Or Caucasian Americans. I don’t know, for some reason, I just like the word European more than the word Caucasian.)
I do think there's one ethnic label we should get rid of, and that's Native American.
They are the only ones deserving of the title of just "American." Because they're Americans! Like, they’re the Americans. And they’re wayyy more American than us European mutts are ever gonna be!
And as for those saying, “Hey but what about the fact that I’m 3% African/Cherokee! That makes me ethnic!”
Oh, shut up. I'm 7 percent Irish and don't even claim to be Irish.
You’re white, and you probably only have that percentage cause one of your ancestors slept with a slave who didn't even want to be slept with.
And that's what I'd love to see happen in the world, and am sure it wont.