Pima County, Ariz., Supervisor Ally Miller is taking heat for a Facebook post about last weekend’s racial strife in Charlottesville, Va.
“I’m sick and tired of being hit for being white,” she wrote. “It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE — and proud of it! No apologies necessary.”
Miller might benefit from a trip to a Kansas City institution: the 38th Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park, which runs 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
There, she could enjoy a performance of Venezuelan dance from Grupo Calipso while sipping a Filipino cantaloupe juice. Or she could marvel at the acrobatic Brazilian Grupo Axe Capoeira with a cup of that country’s stew, feijoada.
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In America, the Scandinavian émigré is seen as white, just like the Scot — or the German or the Frenchman. Nobody looks askance at celebrations of those heritages, all of which are on display with more at the festival.
We are surrounded by affirmations of white cultures. Some of us just have to open our eyes to recognize them.