I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Facebook from white people, complaining that if gay people can be proud to be gay, and black people can be proud to be black, why can’t they be proud to be white? Reverse racism, they cry.
Pride is a feeling you get from overcoming an obstacle or doing something difficult. You can be proud you dropped ten pounds. You can be proud you stopped smoking. You can be proud of your honor student. I’ll be proud if I ever get through Swann’s Way.
There is no difficulty involved in being white. It’s a walk in the park with absolutely nothing to overcome. Same thing if you were born male, or Christian, or straight. The world is your oyster.
Pride is the wrong word. The right word is lucky. We’re lucky we were born white.