(From my blog)
I saw this posted on the outside of a nearby school in Quezon City. For those who couldn’t make it out, it says “Be proud of the Filipino Race.” Yes, I believe it is the wrong thing to teach.
First of all, Filipino is not a race. It is a nationality.
Second, whether it’s race or nationality, it’s best not to be proud of an accident of birth. It makes no sense to be proud of something you cannot control. Be proud of achievements. And just because you’re not proud doesn’t mean you’re ashamed. You just know how to keep your hot air in check.
Third, “be proud of our race…” that’s racism. If we should be proud of our race, we should be proud of others’ races too. We’re all equal in this world after all. No race is superior.
Fourth, race has been debunked by the Human Genome Project. Race has also been acknowledged as a concept with no more obvious purpose than to enforce inequality and control of others. It’s a concept best done away with.
This slogan is a symbol and result of the low self-esteem that our culture propagates. It’s a futile triumphalist attempt to cover up this low self-esteem.
Thus, this slogan “Be proud of the Filipino Race” is one of the worst things to teach our children. It will give rise to sentimentalist crap that “we’re proud of anything Filipino,” even if that particular Filipino may be the Versace murderer Andrew Cunanan, or the guy who created the Love Letter virus. Heck, even if the Filipino does something wrong, other Filipinos are still told to be proud – just like what happened after the Manila Bus Hostage Crisis. It will also give a sense of Filipino imperialistic crap – that we should conquer the world and make others bow to our feet, instead of becoming truly positively contributive citizens to the world.
Wish I had the clout to tell the school to take this down, as it’s not a good thing to make part of our local education drives.