In America today, the phrase “It’s Okay to be White” is considered hate speech. Last week, in trendsetting California, that was the clear message coming from Sacramento’s leading local television news network, KCRA. Watching this top story on November 3, you would think co-anchors Gulstan Dart and Kellie DeMarco were reporting on another synagogue massacre, instead of an incident at a local college where some anonymous “racist” had taped a few pieces of 8.5 x 11-inch copy paper to campus bulletin boards that read “It’s Okay to be White.”
What happened in Sacramento wasn’t an isolated incident. “It’s Okay to be White” flyers have been printed and posted elsewhere in the U.S. You can even buy “It’s Okay to be White” T-shirts on Amazon Prime. The posters have appeared at Duke, Tufts, the University of Delaware, the University of Denver, the University of St. Thomas, and elsewhere.
The reporter on the scene in Sacramento, Walter Makaula, dutifully pointed out that “messages of inclusion and diversity” were posted “everywhere” on the Sacramento’s American River community college campus. “Black Minds Matter.” “Womyn & Femmes Circle.” And so on. But posting “It’s Okay to be White” apparently is hateful. As Dean of Student Services Joshua Moon Johnson stated reassuringly for the camera: “Quickly we addressed the situation and made sure campus police were called and made sure we had those removed.”
Good job, Dean Moon Johnson! Such bravery! Such resolute action!
A Perfectly Understandable Reaction
The common sense questions to this typical response are many. Why is this offensive? Why is this rather bland affirmation of white personhood considered a threat? Why is it called “hate speech?” And what is it that might inspire someone, presumably a white student, to print a few of these signs and post them around their campus?
Could asserting that “It’s Okay to be White” be a perfectly understandable reaction to an educational culture wherein anyone who is not “white” is obsessively celebrated? A reaction to institutional discrimination where anyone who is not “White” is granted preferential treatment in admissions, scholarship awards, and future hiring decisions? And wouldn’t knowing these flyers would trigger a hysterical overreaction, despite containing content that is trivial by any objective standard, motivate an irreverent and spirited student to post them?
While the origin of the phrase “It’s Okay to be White” allegedly is linked to “white nationalists,” that shouldn’t alter its meaning. You can’t outlaw a reasonable phrase merely because unreasonable people have uttered it. When you do, and make an overwrought fuss every time the phrase is encountered, you are inviting millions also to utter it.
The term “White” is inclusive, not exclusive, and cultural, not racial.
But what is “White”? Could it be that the term “White” is destined to become perceived as inclusive instead of exclusive? Eric Kaufmann, writing for UnHerd, has coined the phrase “Whiteshift,” which he defines as ”the voluntary assimilation of minorities into the majority though intermarriage.” Kaufmann goes on to explain how this voluntary assimilation can occur, characterizing it as “a process which will need active telegraphing as mixing won’t be strong enough on its own to make much difference to social cohesion until the end of the century.
While Kaufmann is writing about the United Kingdom, his prescriptions for assimilation apply in America as well. He writes:
The Left needs to back away from excessive accusations of racism and dreams of radical social transformation. Conservatives should worry less about Muslims, Hispanics or the behavior of other minority groups and focus instead on defending the interests of those who seek slower cultural change. This is not just about immigration levels, but should involve ethnic majority citizens inducting mixed-race children into myths of British [American] ancestry.
In this context, American “multiculturalism” is clearly the wrong approach. An entire collection of industries have been built in America to capitalize on a divisive obsession with race and ethnicity, and the elaborate scaffolding of ranked victims based on their race and ethnicity. From campus “chief diversity officers” to corporate human resources departments, to the plaintiff’s bar, to pandering politicians, to the Academy Awards and the like, American culture has acquired an unhealthy obsession with race.
In a society where actual racism is universally condemned and utterly marginalized, new offenses have been invented: micro-aggression, unconscious racism, white privilege. And with the new offenses, new solutions: trigger warnings, safe spaces, speech codes. The new goal? To create a utopian society where equality of outcomes across all races is achieved. That is impossible, which is perhaps the point. No industry wants to solve its reason for existing.
Demographics favor an inclusive definition of “White.”
The good news, however, is this entire paradigm of race and ethnicity as the defining issue of the left-of-center establishment is about to collapse, for a reason the race careerists are not expecting and will not be able to counter. Quite simply put, the “White” race is assimilating “people of color” at breathtaking speed. Not just culturally, but genetically.
In 2015, more than 17 percent of marriages in America were across “racial” lines. It is the reality of ethnic intermarriage that will add critical weight to the conservative argument for cultural assimilation, just as intermarriage in America between immigrants of various European ethnicities propelled cultural assimilation ala the “melting pot” in previous centuries.
Earlier this year, the Washington Post published a fascinating article headlined, “The Demise of the White Majority is a Myth,” by USC public policy professor Dowell Myers and his political scientist colleague Morris Levy. “Under a more expansive definition that counts as white anyone who so identifies (even if they also identify with another race or ethnicity),” Myers and Levy write, “the white population is not declining; it’s flourishing. The Census Bureau’s inclusive projections show a white population in excess of 70 percent of the total for the foreseeable future.”
This observation, backed up by demographic data, provides abundant reasons for optimism. As the Myers and Levy put it: “Projections of racial demographics should reflect the great changes in the meaning of race in America. But stories about the impending demise of white America are rooted in outmoded notions of racial exclusivity. These stories of white decline obscure the ongoing changes to America’s color line, and they serve only to divide.”
Watch out, professional race hustlers. Your entire livelihood is “rooted in outmoded notions of racial exclusivity.”
Based on demographic data that Myers and Levy cite, when one uses the inclusive definition of white, America is destined to remain around 75 percent white for decades to come. Using any other definition renders unsustainable the Leftist strategy of identity politics. How can they continue to carve out preferential treatment for “people of color,” if nearly everyone is mostly “White,” yet qualifies? And if they use a more exclusive definition of White, where will they draw the line? What would stop Elizabeth Warren copycats from litigiously demanding they too receive preferential treatment? The current system of racial redress via racial quotas across all aspects of American life is going to collapse of its own weight.
Toward Unity Politics
The hopeful reality that Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren, in very different ways, has propelled America towards is new wave of American cultural assimilation. Trump because he was the raging bull in the china shop of political correctness. Warren because she exemplifies the absurdity of race-based career opportunism.
The alternative to identity politics is unity politics. Affirmation of a transracial, 21st century American melting pot where conservative and libertarian values, derived from Western traditions, are overwhelmingly accepted and protected. And contrary to conventional wisdom, another great wave of American assimilation may be in the offing.
Demographics are indeed destiny, and America’s current demographic trends point to a future where White lineage is predominant in so many people who also have a lessor percentage of “non-White” heredity, that these millions of Americans will embrace their American heritage. They will reject special preferences for themselves or anyone else, and celebrate American history and traditions with the same fervor as the great waves of ethnic immigrants who arrived over a century ago from Southern and Eastern Europe.
“It’s Okay to be White.” Absolutely. Because “White” is destined to become an ethnically inclusive term, devoid of divisive connotations. Chief diversity officers may wish to find a new line of work, along with all those minions of overpaid bureaucrats they manage. The next great American era of assimilation is just around the corner.
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