Nah, the sentiment in the title is garbage as well.
The thing is, being "proud of your race" in and of itself is pretty stupid, without specific social conditions to make it relevant. There's nothing to be proud of, right? You didn't do anything to earn your racial categorisation and, racists aside, nobody thinks it defines your character that you are a particular race, so what exactly are you proud of?
The sole and obvious exception to this is if you are raised in a social environment that teaches you that your race is somehow inferior or undesirable, and deal your whole life with people looking at and treating you differently because of this broad categorisation which should obviously define absolutely nothing about who you can be. In that situation, saying "you know what? I'm proud of my race" is a meaningful political statement, in the same way as being proud to be gay is a meaningful statement in a cultural climate that hates gay people. It's coming forward and saying "**** you, there's nothing wrong with what I am, no matter what you tell me". It is not, in short, about saying that your race is somehow better than the alternative, which is what pride would imply under other conditions.
Being proud to be white, or any other social group that is the un-marked representation of the status quo in your particular culture is problematic and suggests predjudice, because you have nothing to be proud of. You're essentially claiming pride in something which carries absolutely no cultural significance, is the active definition of normality in your culture and limits and defines you in no way at all, but that is defined in some areas of your culture as better than the alternative. You're aligning yourself with those elements in the process. It's like saying "I'm proud to be somewhere between 4 and 8 feet tall".
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Last edited by FaaipDeOiad; 22-06-2011 at 09:39 PM.