How Ethnic Europeans Became “White” Americans
In Merriam-Webster Dictionary, white is defined as “a group or race characterized by light pigmentation of the skin.”
The term “white” was originally used to descibe race in the British colonies during the 1680’s.
At that time, “white” ONLY meant British…
In other words, Germans, Irish, Italians, and Polish were NOT WHITE (they were ethnic European Americans).
In fact, many “white” Americans hated ethnic Europeans for drinking alcohol, having large families, and believing in Catholicism.
Ethnic European Americans were attacked in several ways:
In 1919, the 18th Amendment established the prohibition of alcohol in the United States. The ban was a direct attack on ethnic European drinking culture and traditions.
In 1921, feminist Margaret Sanger created the American Birth Control League (later renamed Planned Parenthood) to promote eugenics and preserve the “white” race. Her organization actually distributed birth control to ethnic European Americans.
In 1949, author Paul Blandshard wrote “American Freedom and Catholic Power”, which became a bestselling book. He claimed America had a “Catholic problem” and believed the Church was an “undemocratic system of alien control”. Blandshard suggested “white” Americans built democracy while ethnic Europeans preferred fascism.
These attacks originally failed and ethnic European Americans elected President John F. Kennedy in 1960.
However, the Cultural Revolution of the 60’s was the ethnic cleansing program that created modern “white” America.
Blacks moved into large cities and destroyed ethnic European American communities. German, Irish, Italians, and Polish Americans moved to the suburbs and gave up much of their culture and traditions and became “white”.
While “white” people do have light skin complexion and tend to share many cultural values, we are made up of various ethnic European Americans.
NEVER forget who you are and where you came from…