What does being caucasian mean to me? Well, I have no idea what it means to me. It means that I've never really been discriminated against (I think?) It means that my skin is lighter which means I burn very easily in the sun. That's about all that I can think of - because it doesn't really mean that much to me. Race is such a social construction... something created to oppress some and raise others up. I was thinking... what it means for me to be "white" isn't much - because "white" is not my heritage or nationality. However, for African Americans, for them to be "black" means A LOT to most of them (I would suppose) because they think of the struggles and injustices that have been imposed on them for centuries. The inferiority that has been shoved down their throats. To be honest, maybe I am not "proud" to be white because there is not anything to be "proud" of. I can be proud of my Irish and Scottish heritage, but not of being "white" because that really means nothing to me.
It's all very confusing and hard to juggle in my mind. But, I'm glad that I ran into that guy. I hope he gets into the grad program here, and I appreciate the fact that he made me think about something I've never thought about before.