Invisible White People

Have you ever wondered why there are no student unions or clubs for Whites, while every other racial group has several on your high school or college campus? Have you ever wondered why there are no months of the year dedicated to the many achievements of White Americans, while every other racial group has one? Have you ever wondered why there are no special scholarships available for White transfer students, while the 'minority' scholarship program applies to everybody else (even though we are now a minority in California)? Have you ever wondered why our people are only ever referred to as 'Whites' while all other racial groups are labeled according to their continental origins? Have you ever wondered why it's okay to criticize White people in public, while its "racism" to criticize anybody else? If you have, you're not alone.

As a freshman in high school I noticed a peculiar social pattern during the lunch hour recess when most of the student body would be outside eating and talking with one another. Throughout the yard there were several benches scattered around where certain groups of students would always gather together everyday. I saw that there was always a bench where the blacks would go to hang out, as well as one for the Asians, Indians, and Hispanics. White students were the only racial group on campus, that I could see, that lacked their own bench. Instead of socializing with one another and forming a little community like every other racial group did, the Whites could always be seen trying their best to assimilate themselves into all the other benches.

I thought it was strange that Whites were different from everybody else in that they didn't have the same natural tendency to gravitate towards one another like all the other groups at my school. Why were Whites trying to integrate into the other benches when they could have a bench of their own?

I also noticed that every other racial group on campus had their own special clubs. Our school had a Black Student Union, an Asian Alliance, a La Raza (the Race) chapter for the Mexicans, and an Indian club, but nothing for the White population. The only cultural club that was open to Whites for membership was the "multicultural" club, which was a club that studied and celebrated all cultures except anything that ever came out of Europe.

This was also very strange. Why wouldn't a people such as ours, that has produced so many different and unique cultures throughout recorded history, have a club celebrating our many past and present achievements? Don't we have a lot to be proud of?

Apparently, our faculty didn't think so. Even though it was perfectly acceptable for Mexicans to wear 'brown pride' tee shirts to school, it would have been considered inexcusable "racist behavior" for any White person to come to school wearing a 'White pride' shirt. While the other racial groups on campus had months dedicated to their history each year, there was never any mention of a "European-American Heritage month" or a "White History month." And even though every other racial group had various social and political clubs organized for them with the help of the faculty, White students were always discouraged from organizing. A White Student social club or political organization would be offensive to all the non-White students, we were told, and it might provoke violence at school. It was the right of the other racial groups to organize, socialize, and promote their culture at school, while it seemed to be the right of the White students to be excluded from participating in "multicultural" activities.

Not knowing where I fit in to all of this, I began to feel extremely alienated during my years at high school. Because I didn't feel like I belonged in any of the various racial communities and because I couldn't relate to the other Whites at my school who tried to be what they weren't, I felt like I was left all alone. Gradually I began to withdraw from everybody else because I wasn't getting any sense of self-worth from the environment of people around me. I felt like I was invisible. Desperate for an identity, I began to spend some of my time looking in European history books in search of my roots.

By reading and getting a better feel for history, I discovered the truth: The background of the European race isn't seeped with bigotry, prejudice, hatred, and destruction like we learn at school. Our people have built civilization as we know it out of our ingenious planning, determination, and sacrifice. Throughout human history we've created societies whose contributions to the arts and culture are unsurpassed in creativity and originality. Our knowledge of medicine and cures for diseases has saved countless lives and given people longer life expectancies. European technology has brought mankind to the moon and expanded our understanding of the universe. There is no question that the many discoveries and accomplishments of our people have lifted the living standard of this planet. As it turns out we have got one hell of a lot to be proud of.

And yet, at school they teach us that we're an intolerant race of culture bandits and destroyers that have done more harm than good to the world! The average White student learns more about the culture of the American Indians than he does about his own people while at school. You could approach a White kid today and ask him what he knows about the culture of the ancient Celts or the Vikings and he'd probably reply "the Boston Celtics are my favorite team this year! I'm not much of a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, though."

As sad as this is, when you consider what it's like to be a young White person in today's society, it's not surprising. I graduated from high school and now I'm in college and nothing has changed. I still feel alienated, I still feel alone, and I feel more invisible now than ever. We're not even considered a part of "multiculturalism", we don't have an equal voice with others, and I don't get the impression that any members of the faculty care that we have concerns as White students. Just about everyday I hear or see someone passionately demanding more rights (and privileges) for minorities (meaning any non-White group of people in America) and an end to racial inequality on my campus. Everyday I see flyers posted all over campus announcing another meeting of the Black Student Union or Asian-American Alliance, or any of the other various racial clubs we have at school. This is all fine and dandy. But when one of us suggests that we need a European-American Heritage club on campus, people will role their eyes back in disgust and say "what for?" If you try to say that White people are also sometimes victims of racism and discrimination, these same fans of equality and tolerance will scream at you and call you an "ignorant racist" or a "sheet-wearing redneck" or worse.

We are reminded constantly at school how much of an unfair advantage we, White students, supposedly have over the "minorities." We are constantly made to feel sorry for having so many privileges that they don't have. White people have it so easy and it's just not fair!

But what unfair advantages do we have? Which unique privileges are they referring to? As far as I'm aware, we don't have any cultural or political clubs in most (if not all) of our schools. We don't have special months commemorating our contributions to society. We don't have any special scholarship programs offered to us. We can't be proud of who we are without being considered politically incorrect. Gee, aren't we lucky!

The truth is, there is a great deal of inequality being promoted at school. But it's not the inequality our teachers are talking about. Our schools are promoting racial inequality: everyone is equal, but some races (read non-European) are a lot more equal than others. The problem here is that our performance as individuals, and as a group, is often based on the self-image we have of ourselves. For example, a psychological study was once conducted in a classroom of young children in which the teacher announced one day that "all blue-eyed children are better than brown-eyed children." The next few days saw a big increase in the self-esteem of the blue-eyed children and a decrease in the self-esteem of the brown-eyed children. Every kid with blue eyes could be seen running around bursting with enthusiasm while the brown-eyed kids pouted and slouched in their seats with their heads down. Within a matter of days the blue-eyed students all began to excel academically over the brown-eyed students. Then, a week later the teacher announced to the class that she had a made a mistake; it was the brown-eyed kids who were really the best at everything, not the blue-eyed kids. And in no time at all, there was a dramatic reverse in the way the brown-eyed kids looked at themselves. Now they were the ones who came to school in high spirits, while all the children with blue eyes started to lag behind.

My point here is that because awareness of European cultures isn't being encouraged or promoted in our schools, young White students don't feel like the racial group they belong to has any culture or any redeeming qualities. As an analogy, White people are made to feel like vanilla ice cream in the diversity of flavors. We're plain, bland, and boring when compared to mint-chocolate chip or rocky road. Because our young people don't see European cultures and traditions being encouraged at school they really believe White people are without culture and are "normal." We aren't made to feel special or unique in anyway. We feel rootless, so we either look for a false identity with other racial groups, or we become alienated and withdraw from people altogether. And because we've been discouraged from organizing on campus and representing ourselves so many times now, most of us have begun to believe that we really don't have any right to speak up for our rights or common interests as a people.

If you talk about the deliberate bias against Whites to other people, sometimes they will try and justify it by saying that in order to for us to achieve racial equality the advanced European race needs to be pulled back so that all the other races can catch up. This makes about as much sense as pulling the biggest fish out of water so the other little fishes in the tank have more space to grow into larger fishes. All fish need to live in water. Without water, the big fish is going to die in a matter of minutes. Similarly, without a positive group identity, the European race will go from the transparent state it is in now, to nonexistence just like the fish out of water.

If you point out to some people that the other races have a strong tendency to stick together and do their own thing regardless of us, some people will say "that's only natural for them to want to be with their own kind. It's their right to stand up for their rights as a people!" Well, if that's the case then we have every right to speak our minds freely and voice our concerns, without fear of what others think, too. This means that we should also have every right to seek identity and comradeship within our own people without fear of being labeled "hateful white supremacists." What is right and natural for other races should also be considered right and natural for us.

If you're also tired of belonging to the "invisible people" it's time for you to help make our presence felt at school by not being afraid to talk back to those who try and deny our natural rights as a racial group. The only way to counter the ignorance and bias used against us is to stand up and contradict it with the truth. We've come an awfully long way as a people to just suddenly vanish without a trace. Take pride in your people and culture and don't let anybody tell you it's an act of "hatred" to do so.



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