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"Are you proud to be white?": Uh, no.
by Mike Vanderboegh

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise


I despise the obsession with race that is forced upon us by the nanny state. I'm always having to fill out these forms that ask my race. Liberals are so fixated on race that they would make a Nazi Gauleiter proud.

Nowadays, when I get the chance and I come across some official piece of paper that demands "race," I put an asterisk in the box and at the bottom or along the margin I write this:

"No, not so much anymore. I'm too old, fat and out-of-shape to win."

Sometimes they have a box labeled "white" which you are supposed to check. I mean, only albinos are white, right? And not even them, really. If I look at my skin right now it's like a brownish pink from being out in the sun. So I'm not white, but they don't have a "brownish pink" box to check.

And then there's "Caucasian." Well, I've got news for you. I wasn't born in the Caucasus. Not me nor any of my ancestors. I was born in St. Joseph, Michigan in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Fifty Two. That makes me a Wolverine.

I have also written in "American" for race, which is more honest and equally subversive of their racialist system.

The reason this came up is that a fellow just sent me an email asking the question: "Are you proud to be white?" My answer went something like this:

"No, not particularly. I am proud to be an American. My race is incidental. To think otherwise is to buy into racial collectivism, which I refuse to do."

May I add that I am also proud of being the father of two wonderful girls and an outstanding boy.

I am proud to be the husband of a loving wife. I certainly married above my station the second time.

I am proud that I gave my life to Jesus Christ and try to serve him, imperfect though I certainly am, as best I can.

I am proud to be a Wolverine born and bred, but even prouder to be an Alabamian by adoption. And believe me, you can't adopt them, they must adopt you.

I am proud of many things, but proud of being accidentally white? No, not really.

How is it that you refute one collectivism by adopting another?


If you're smart, you won't either.

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