Variations on this question have been posted multiple times on Yahoo Answers this year (here, and here , and many blogs like this one and this one assert their pride in being white). And at the moment, it’s one of two issues that are being passionately debated as we approach the BNP‘s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time. (The other is whether they should have been invited.)
Are you white? Do you feel a pride in being white? And if you’re not white, do you think a white person should be able to express pride without being labelled racist? The BNP argues that if black and Asian people can proudly express their identity, then why not white people?
We’ve discussed related issues before (‘Is racism towards white people acceptable?’, ‘Is it acceptable to vote for a candidate because of their race?’). We’d be interested to hear if you feel this is a British debate, or one that feels relevant in your country.
Many attack the BNP as racists and fascists. They say they are simply trying ‘secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands in the North Atlantic which have been our homeland for millennia’. Thought he word ‘white’ doesn’t appear in its manifesto, inevitably the people the BNP are refering to there share the same skin colour.
(The BNP has recently agreed to amend its constitution which had previously said members should be “indigenous Caucasian” people.)
We’re not so much interested in whether you hope the BNP will succeed as a party, and more curious to explore the idea of white pride, whether it is a coherent identity and if it’s offensive for that pride to be expressed.