Joshua Mitchell of Fort Worth, Texas, will write occasional columns for the Beat. They are his opinions, not necessarily those of the Beat.

Population returning to work and the impact of Gen Z

The pandemic had many impacts on many different facets of American life, but few greater than the job market. In July of 2020 the percent of employed was down nearly 15%. On top of that the United States reached negative GDP growth rate for the first time since the 2008 crash. In 2021 the job market started recovering and the American population slowly started returning to work.

A common theme amongst companies during the pandemic was remote working. For the first time in history the vast majority of work was being done from home. In 2020 we saw this lead to an increase in productivity and the GDP rate grew rapidly. In 2021 that productivity slowly began to fall off and in 2022 that workforce started returning to the brick-and-mortar office spaces that they had previously held.

Surprisingly the return to the office did not slow job growth. Throughout 2022 and in the beginning of 2023 we saw the population return to work en masse. In February of 2023 we saw unemployment reach pre-pandemic lows of 3.5% meaning that the covid unemployment crisis has come to an end.

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Is "white pride" a bad thing, a conversation about white culture

If you have spent any time on twitter I am sure you have seen a post saying something along the lines of "all whites are racists." My most recent run in with one of these was a poll by Xaviaer DuRousseau asking "white people, are you proud to be white." Innocent in nature but definitely thought provoking.

My initial reaction to this was frustration at the ignorance of the question, but after a second to think of my answer I came to the conclusion "no." The amount of melanin in my skin wasn't something earned, it was something I have had in my family forever. Don't get me wrong, I am immensely proud of my family and my last name but the pigment of my skin means nothing to me.

I answered the poll accordingly and saw that 92% of the 600,000 votes were for yes. Which led to the next question of "is white pride a bad thing." Which the answer is a resounding no.

The premise of the question was intentionally vague as it doesn't recognise the plethora of different and beautiful white cultures. Being the child of an immigrant mother from Rhodesia I knew from a very young age that there were vast differences in culture regardless of skin color.

That is something the question doesn't account for. The term "white" lumps together Americans, Italians, Irishmen, Jews, Austrailians, Germans, etc. and each and every one of those cultures are so vastly different. It is shameful to piece them in one group because they couldn't be more different.

This is why comments like "there is no such thing as white culture" float around so frequently. Because there isn't. I am an American, the things that I watch, wear, see and listen to are all vastly different than my Rhodesian relatives. When we are grouped together it suppresses and kills the things from our past that make each of our cultures special.

So the next time you see a post asking if you're proud to be white, don't hesitate to stand up for where you came from. Our family stories are part of what makes each person unique in today's society.

Don't let the modern left take away our beautiful cultures by letting them say that whites are all the same or that "white culture is genocide" as both so frequently trend in the news. Stand up and be proud. History is dying and it is our job to remember. Remember what it is that makes each of our histories different. Remember the ugly things of the past and be sure to leave them there. But never forget where you came from, never forget your family tree, and never forget your values.

If there is any reason to be proud to be white, be proud that every white culture is so different and don't let the twitter trolls forget that.

Joshua Mitchell
Fort Worth, Texas
Twitter @josh_t_mitchell

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