Although the "Black Lives" Matter" campaign tends to be a controversial issue, there is a new campaign that could also shake up America in an alarming way. Recently, "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE" has been appearing on college campuses across the nation.
The justification is not because white people are being brutally or unjustifiably killed, or for reasons for drawing attention to equality issues, but for other purposes construed to be antagonistic.
According to a report by The Washington Post, posters proclaiming “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” have been appearing across the country this week. It is alleged that the idea was started by an anonymous chat room comment, in an attempt to fuel the current unrest that is brewing in America.
The Post details that since Tuesday, the posters have been spotted in Rocky River, Ohio; Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.; Tulane University in New Orleans; Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.; around college-campus rich Cambridge, Mass., including the Harvard Yard and at the University of Alberta in Canada. In most cases, schools and cities have pulled the posters down, but the message has continued to spread in images and hashtags across Twitter and other social media platforms, even prompting a related Know Your Meme entry detailing its Internet origins and cultural backstory.
Unfortunately, propaganda like this does not support the idea that racism is a thing of the past.
In an attempt to understand the logic behind this campaign, political scientists and research professors have spoken out.
“Whites inside various supremacist groups and movements believe, and have for a long time, that they are part of a victimized racial group,” said Nicholas Valentino, a political scientist and research professor at the University of Michigan’s Center for Political Studies. “Far right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis, and their ilk have always had this sense of aggrievement, the zero-sum mentality that says as other groups gain rights or options and opportunities from which they have been excluded, whites necessarily lose and this can not be tolerated. But research, my research, and several other initiatives suggest that the white sense of victimization, and by that I mean the perception of victimization, has been increasing dramatically since Obama’s election. At this point, it’s not a majority of whites, but it has grown dramatically outside those extremist groups.”
Essentially, historically, no one has stated there is something wrong with being white. However, if being white means another group needs to be suppressed or discriminated against, that signals a much needed change for our nation to address.