White people are noticing something new

Gosh. What is it?

We burn in the sun?

We are the most disparaged race on Earth?

White lives don’t matter?

Of course not. Drum roll…

Their own whiteness.

This from?New York Times?Quote:

Being white in America has long been treated, at least by white people, as too familiar to be of much interest. It?s been the default identity, the cultural wallpaper ? something described, when described at all, using bland metaphors like milk and vanilla and codes like ?cornfed? and ?all-American.? Grass is green, the sky is blue and, until very recently, a product described as ?nude? or ?flesh-colored? probably looked like white people?s skin. End quote.

We are born with our skin colour, into a family of people with the same skin colour. Skin colour isn’t of much interest, unless you want to make a big deal out of it. Quote:

Identifying as Italian or Irish or Jewish seems to come with zest, pathos and a chance to take pride in some shared history. Plain undifferentiated whiteness, on the other hand, is a ?toggle between nothingness and awfulness,??writes?Nell Irvin Painter, an emeritus professor of history at Princeton and author of the 2010 book ?The History of White People.? End quote.

What exactly is awful about being white skinned? Nothing. Quote:

Much of the sharpest examination comes, as it always has, from people of color, who have spent centuries acutely aware of how the force of whiteness operates. But these days, white people are also observing one another?s whiteness with unfamiliar intensity. When a white manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police to report two black customers who didn?t order right away after one had asked to use the bathroom, a white customer, Melissa DePino, tweeted video of the ensuing arrests, adding: ?All the other white people are wondering why it?s never happened to us when we do the same thing.? End quote.

Such incidents caused massive outrage, but are anecdotal. It is a huge stretch to go from a couple of minor displays of racism (if, indeed, that is what it was) to claim that all white people are racist. In fact, it demonstrates to me that racism is the new halitosis. Quote:

In each of these cases, as well as a string of others, white people didn?t get the usual benefit of assumed normalcy. They were portrayed, instead, as a distinct subculture with bizarre and threatening habits. ?White people? were suddenly identified as the subgroup of Americans most likely to call the police on black people over a barbecue or to complain about whether every single football player stands for the anthem ? stereotypes that rang true even to other white people. End quote.

Like I said, these incidents were anecdotal. It shows that racism is much less acceptable than it once was. This ought to be seen as a good thing, but it isn’t. Quote:

For a long time, many white people assumed it was our due, as the majority, to encounter various racial others and marvel at the exotic things they ate, built or wore. Now we can go online and find people of color doing the gawking, offering jokes and anthropological scrutiny about white people?s underseasoning food, mistreating potato salad or eschewing washcloths. End quote.

There have been jokes about English food for years. I remember a sketch in the 1970s where four Indian men went into an English restaurant and were warned about the blandness of the food. “Sir, you are welcome to order that, but I warn you, it is REALLY bland.”

“Damn it, I’m going to have it,” replied the customer, to howls of laughter from the audience. Quote:

The spaces we unthinkingly dominate are ?white spaces.? The indignant defensiveness we may display when confronted by racial conflict is ?white fragility.? White people are losing the luxury of non-self-awareness, an emotionally complicated shift that we are not always taking well. ?Twenty-five years ago black people were the lost population,? and ?black intellectuals were on the defensive,??Darryl Pinckney observed?this month in The New York Review of Books. ?Now white people are the ones who seem lost.? End quote.

The only thing I am particularly lost about is why other races getting better equality means somehow that white people must, therefore, be less equal. It does not necessarily follow, but that is the way things are in the virtue-signalling world. Quote:

Even as the ?common understanding? of whiteness remained porous and inconsistent, those included within it often treated it as a kind of noble calling ? the ?white man?s burden,? a mission to civilize the globe?s others, perhaps even by divine right. These beliefs are now recognized as objectionable; they?ve been replaced, ostensibly, by an acceptance of pluralism and diversity ? though not a deep commitment to integration. And yet as long as white people continue to see ourselves as the norm and the neutral, we haven?t replaced as much as we might imagine. We continue to act as racial managers, clinging to the job of setting the culture?s terms and measuring everyone else?s otherness against those terms. End quote.

I love how she tries to be inclusive by using terms such as “ourselves” when, really, she wants to be a person of colour. Most white people do not care about race. We tend to like or dislike people because of their behaviour, rather than their skin colour. We tend to employ the best person for the job, whatever race that person is. If a white person gets turned down in favour of a non-white, they tend to just suck it up. If a non-white loses out to a white person, they scream racism. Until non-white people can accept that maybe their rejection was not a matter of race, they will never be equal. Quote:

The growing self-recognition among white people, prodded into being by demographic change and broader conversations about how racial identity works, could certainly lead toward self-acceptance and harmony, sure. End quote.

I have no conversations about how racial identity works, because I don’t care. I work with Maori, Indians, Chinese, Cambodians and Europeans. I don’t think about racial identity. I just think of them all as people. Quote:

But we?re also staring at copious evidence of this self-recognition swinging in the other direction. When white Americans burrow into their group identity, the switch that Painter described often flips, from nothingness to awfulness. Some of us fixate on maintaining racial dominance, conjuring ethnonationalist states or a magical immigration formula that somehow imports half of Scandinavia. A majority of white Americans currently believe that their own race is discriminated against. News accounts fill with white resentment and torch-lit white-power marches. White Americans, who ?seem lost,? are searching for something important: how to see ourselves without turning awful in the process. End quote.

Ethnonationalism: in case you didn’t know (like me), this is “a form of nationalism wherein the nation is defined in terms of ethnicity.” What a load of drivel this lady spouts. White races are definitely being discriminated against, and there is good reason for concern over it. African Americans are allowed Black Lives Matter, but any rallies or marches attended predominantly by white people are inevitably seen as ‘white-power marches’ or ‘far-right activism’. Amazing how double standards can be okay if you are black.

I hate racism in any shape or form, which includes racism against white people. An anti-white backlash does not make black people better. It just means that all the racial quagmires throughout history will continue forever, and that no one has learned from it. And, if this article is anything to go by, no one ever will.