Do you believe that some people are 'race traitors'?
"Race traitor" is one of the worst slurs a white supremacist can throw at someone, and at the same time it's total nonsense.
A traitor has violated some very fundamental principle of trust: friendship, family, country. White supremacists believe that maintaining white hegemony in government and society qualifies as one of those principles. They make some arguments about the cultural superiority of Europeans to back up this belief, but most are as biased and incoherent as the less sophisticated, but more honest, assertions of the KKK and their ilk.
If you work for the civil rights of minorities, you are doing honorable work. If you love someone who isn't of your race, it's no one's business but yours. If you want to see the day when being a white supremacist is embarrassing and unacceptable, you're a morally developed human being.
Wiki - Race traitor is a pejorative reference to a person who is perceived as supporting attitudes or positions thought to be against the interests or well-being of that person's own race. For example, one or both parties to an interracial relationship may be characterized as "race traitors". As another example, a person who supports affirmative action or other policies that allegedly benefit races other than his/her own may be characterized as a "race traitor".
I do not like the term, just like I hate the term "Uncle Tom" when applied to a person of color who espouses opinions different than those using the label.
I am in a loving relationship with a person of a different color (30+ years married). Neither of us consider ourselves as traitors, simply as loving spouses.
I find the impulse for derogatory labels, comes from envy, jealousy, and, most of all, racism.
Nope, I don't believe that, and I wish people would stop using that term. I've heard way too many "uncle Tom's" and "traitor to your race" just for supporting someone or something that you aren't expected to. One of the greatest things is the ability to think and decide for yourself. Having this beehive mentality where you have to view things a certain way based on the color of your skin is ridiculous and leads to a lack of thinking, independent beliefs and is counterproductive.
While I mention only "Uncle Tom", I've seen and heard things being said from just about every race. Tbh, I don't feel anyone is obligated to support or not support someone or something based off their skin color. We're all individuals with different beliefs and opinions. We all have a brain. It's good to use it, and think like an individual rather than a group a lot of the time. Being called a "race traitor" is something I see people using when they're not supportive or tolerant to people thinking differently than them.
There may have been a time when that was a usefull term, but I don't think it has a place in a globalized society like we have today.
I look around myself at the people I associate with and the people that surround me and I realize that I don't necessarily feel a common ground with white people. I have white friends of course, a majority of them in fact, but there are plenty that I want nothing to do with. I have black, hispanic, and asian friends; and our interests more or less align.
There are plenty of white people whose interests, desires, etc. do not align with my own. The kind of person I want to be around does not align itself well along racial lines and I feel like my racially other firends feel the same way.
Race traitor may have been a usefull concept at some point in history, but I don't think it is today.