It seems like the popular thing to talk about these days is all the racial tension and “hidden racism” against African-Americans. That is fine, I am as anti-racism as the next progressive, but let me tell you something: it is not easy being white, either.
Let me just start with the word “white.” Who decided that it was okay to call me that? I prefer “Euro-American” or simply “Amero-American.” But white does not even accurately describe the actual color of my skin. Do you know what is actually white? Toilets, mayonnaise, and snow. People call me white right to my face; day in and day out. What they are really calling me is “snowy mayo toilet-skin.”
Have you ever heard of a college scholarship being offered for Euro-Americans? Of course you have not, because such things do not exist. Since nobody out there would give me free money for the color of my skin, my parents had to use up nearly ten percent of my trust fund to pay for my private university tuition. That money was supposed to buy me a house in Bellevue when I graduated, and now I may have to settle for Queen Anne or Magnolia.
Or how about when I go to an ethnic restaurant for dinner and the servers just assume that I speak English, just because I am Euro-American? Obviously I do speak English, but it is really rude of them just to jump to racist conclusions like that.
I tried to contact the National Association for the Advancement of Colorless People last week when Hunter, one of my Euro-American friends, was turned down for a job with the Marriott housekeeping staff, but then I remembered—oh yeah, there is no such organization. How convenient for the people that want to keep us down.
Racism against Euro-Americans is the real hidden racism. Nobody runs news features about the way that people just assume things about me because of my skin tone. Just because I am “white” does not mean that my kids play soccer and go to a private school—although they do, or that I live on a quiet cul-de-sac in an upper-middle class neighborhood—although I do. And just because I have light skin does not mean that I do not want to get stopped by the police once in a while just for driving my car down the block.
These are just some of the difficulties I face on a daily basis in today’s society. Do not think that just because we are living in the twenty-first century, white people have it easy—nothing could be further from the truth.