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Credo of a “White Dignitist”
by Bill McGaughey
(1) I used to be an American. The political culture has redefined me as a white American - a white person, for short.
(2) Yes, I am white. From the perspective of a white dignitist, I can say that I am proud of being white. I am proud I was born that way. It’s not that I consider my racial identity the most important aspect of myself but that I accept this situation with comfort and pride.
(3) There is a lot of negativity directed toward the white race these days. Much of it goes unanswered. In public discussions, it is acceptable to say that I am proud of being white. It is honorable to discuss racial questions from a white person’s perspective. This is not evidence of “white racism” as it is commonly understood. Each person has a legitimate right to defend himself or to argue from the standpoint of advancing his own interest or expressing his point of view.
(4) Either a person is proud of himself or he is not. If he is not, there is always a possibility of redemption. First, the person needs to analyze the situation and decide why he is not proud of himself. That analysis may suggest steps to correct the problems in ways that will restore self-pride.
(5) I think there are elements in our American “white culture” which keep us from being proud of ourself and of each other. First, we have let ourselves be intimidated by the regime of “political correctness”. We know that much of what is said of ourselves or of the white race is untrue but we dare not contradict it. We dare not state what we ourselves believe to be the truth. Any white person at any time could stand up and say, “No, I do not agree with these racial ideas”, but most fear being called a “racist” more than they fear acquiescing in what they believe untrue. Yes, it is true that, as Attorney General Eric Holder said, most Americans are “cowards” in matters relating to race. This assessment clashes with Americans’ traditional view of themselves as living in “the land of the free and home of the brave.” These days, we are neither free (to speak our true thoughts) nor brave (in risking demonization to be ourselves). This fearful acceptance of lies is a cause of our lack of self-pride, especially for white people. It can only have a demoralizing effect on American society.
(6) Another cause is our real loss of freedom. Most Americans spend their lives within a system extending from education to careers which soaks up their free time and limits what they personally can do. Lacking an opportunity for self-expression, they lack a means of becoming proud of themselves. No, we are not bold individualists or pioneers living on the frontier but ones riding in herds on an escalator of supposed socioeconomic advancement. While we have trusted in this system, real wages have become stagnant. Work hours have grown longer. Recent college graduates, saddled by student loans, find no jobs. Working parents find less time to be with their children. Though nominally “free”, the average American is, in fact, enslaved by tightening financial requirements that degrade personal living conditions. He has meanwhile sustained a loss of political freedom. Nowadays, all works to the advantage of the plutocratic elite.
(7) Our “white” society is built on the false principle that one’s place in the community is more important than the community itself. Why do we seek more advanced educations? Why do we commit ourselves to the tyrannical requirements of certain careers? Is it not to elevate ourselves within the society rather than to develop our own capabilities or contribute to the community? Primarily we want better positioning within the system of socioeconomic stratification. Most people go college to get that diploma and be pointed to a more prestigious, more high-paying job. The ethic of America is personal advancement (relative to others) rather creating a better society.
(8) Yet it is the society which ultimately will sustain us and hopefully save us from ourselves. So this white man’s credo envisions that we can regain a sense of community in which our personal advancement ceases to be at someone else’s expense. Instead, we advance personally by finding a community that is congenial to our own nature where we can actively participate and find satisfaction in a common enterprise. It may be that this community is focused particularly on white identity or it may be that it is focused on humanity as a whole. Personal identity can be perceived on several different levels. The “racist”, as I define this term, is someone of any race who refuses to identify more broadly with humanity. However, in a free society, each person is free to decide his own identity.
In summary, I claim my personal dignity as a white man while not seeking to deny this to any other person. Dignity means the right to self-respect and the opportunity to make this a more effective reality.
See letter to the editor of the student newspaper at the University of Minnesota.