Special treatment not needed
I was disappointed that the Towerlight decided to publish the Letter to the Editor “Support white history, culture” in its most recent edition. However, now that it is has been published, I would like to offer the alternative white male’s response to ‘Support white history.’”
I am a South African and I am an American. I am not a Christian. I am a white male in America and I do not need special treatment.
I do not need to be recognized. Simply by being who I am, I am in a position of privilege and power that is not afforded to any other race or gender in this society. By being who I am I do not have to worry about being judged and or stereotyped on a daily basis because of my skin, clothes or how I wear my hair.
I do not have to be concerned about my history being erased from textbooks. I did not have to create my own culture in this country because I was not brought here against my will.
I do not feel the urgency to teach people about my culture and my language because it is not in danger of becoming extinct due to years of actual genocide in the name of the expansion of America in the form of broken treaties and promises.
I do not feel the need to unite or to “take a stand” in the name of whiteness or white America. These things that I do not have to do, are due to the privileges of being white in this country.
I do however feel it is my responsibility to recognize the myriad of cultures, races, genders and sexual differences that make up this country and celebrate them and make every effort to support them and to make them feel included and empowered in this society just as I am.
That is my job being a white male and that is enough.