Imagine that you are out on the open water in a boat. With you are your four-year old son and his friend. The boat capsizes and both boys are struggling to keep from drowning as the current is sweeping them away. You can only save one of them, so which one will it be? It will, of course, be your own son – even though you would also like to save the other boy. One child has life, while the other has death. The other child was certainly not hated and may be a close family friend or even a relative. The other child may have been smarter and better behaved, while your son was a brat, yet he was the one chosen to die. The other child was, in genetic terms, farther away from the parent than was his own child. The child who lived had a closer genetic connection than did the child who died. In its simplest terms, that illustrates White identity (or any identity) and why it matters.
Though usually not a matter of life-or-death as in this illustration, this is the type of decision being made by people all around the world every single day. Decisions made as to who we will trust, who we will favor, who we want to be with, who we want within our borders, etc. are always made based upon genetic proximity – a hardwired instinct we share with all species.
As another illustration, imagine a series of concentric circles in which you stand in the center. In the closest circle are your children, your parents, and your siblings. In the next larger circle are your cousins, aunts, uncles; beyond that are more distant relatives. As the circles get larger and farther away from you, your genetic connection gets smaller and smaller, until the only DNA you share is the bare minimum shared with all humans. Somewhere among those concentric circles is the circle we call White identity.
So, what is the “White” in White identity? Here’s where it starts to get a bit more complicated – or at least it’s where some people make it more complicated. The answer is, “It depends.” For most, the criteria is “If the person looks White, then they are White”. Simple enough. For some, nothing short of DNA test results that yield some rather arbitrary formula of allowable percentage is the criteria. Some include Jews as White, while others do not (even Jews, themselves, go back and forth depending on the circumstances).
Another factor in the mix is race vs. ethnicity. For example, I am a Southern Agrarian. Those who came from Europe to settle what would become Dixie are those I identify with. They are my people. “The Southern people” is not a race – but “those who came from Europe” is. Southerners are a very distinct group of people having a common ancestry, a common culture, a common heritage, etc. To some, ethnicity doesn’t really matter; to others, it matters a lot. An important point here is that there is no single definition of what “White identity” is or what it means – nor should there necessarily be one.
Another important point is that, while we’re discussing “White identity”, the same basic concepts apply to every identity – Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. For some, it may be New Englander, Mid-Western, or one of the never-ending sexual self-identification labels. “White” identity is important to us because it’s who we are. Other groups embrace their own identities, as it seems identification and self-selection, though varied, is also a universal human tendency.
Does identity really matter? In a word, “Yes”. While other groups embrace their own identities and society encourages them to do so in the name of “Pride”, Whites are treated very differently. It is as though we have already used up our share of pride in the accomplishments of those who came before us, and so we are supposed to somehow apologize for being a successful group of people.
Before we leave the topic, I must point out that we are discussing worldly matters, and not spiritual matters. As a Christian, I am commanded to share The Gospel with all – not just my own people. Furthermore, I am instructed through The Bible that all men who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior are my spiritual brethren – regardless of race or ethnicity. For the Christian, this is not optional. In spiritual matters, Christian belief supersedes racial or ethnic identity.
Different races can be competitors without being enemies. Like two teams meeting on a ball field, both work hard to make sure that their team (their People) comes out ahead, yet if the other team were not there to compete against, there would be no game. Each team bestows full loyalty to their own team and no other. Each team wears their distinctive uniform to identify as a united group. At the end of the game, no matter who wins, they shake hands and go home. That’s the way that racial groups should work – work together where it is mutually beneficial, then shake hands and each returns to their own place with their own people.