White people have suffered for too long. By my count, at least the last ten years. That can feel like a hell of a long time when you’ve not had to deal with anybody criticizing or trying to share your power with you for most of your life.
When I wrote an essay about White guys with Yellow Fever, I got backlash from White people who protested, “How come there is a Black History Month, but no White History Month? That’s not fair!”
Hear me out, fellow People of Color! Just like LGBTIQ and people of color, White people also need a month to celebrate the humanity they’ve fought to preserve in the wake of systematic hate and oppression (why “Months for the Marginalized” were set up in the first place).
Here are 8 White People Oppressions that demand a White History Month, so they can experience life as fairly as the rest of us have:
1. Existing “White Holidays” Have Been Co-Opted
There are holidays in the calendar that celebrate the accomplishments of White men in this country like Columbus Day, Presidents Day, and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we forget the original purpose of these holidays because big chain stores (most of them owned by White men) have shifted our focus from celebrating to shopping. White History Month would allow us to allow us to celebrate the accomplishments of White people without interfering with Black Friday!
2. White Actors Never Get To Play “Ethnic Characters” (Without Grief)
White people must be bored with seeing themselves in the token White lead or part of a token White family with a full story arc in the mainstream media! I know I am! When will White actors get to experience the fun of being a badly accented one-dimensional ethnic stereotype? When can White people play Blackface or Yellowface characters without getting so much shit? When will White actors and directors know the joy of “making the whole White race look bad” with every public fail they make? Let’s give them this chance to experience this!
3. “Hipster” Is The White Man’s N-word
Yes, there used to be put-downs like “cracker,” “honkey,” and “White devil." Today, the casual terms slung around to hurt White people are brutal — “White person,” “White guy,” and “White woman.” OUCH! Take it easy with the epithets! Here is a video I wrote about how “hipster” is now the White man’s N-word. Feel the pain of a PBR hangover.