im glad that your ethnic background means smth to you too?? i always get kind of offended when people act as if it doesnt matter bc im white anyway :s My parents moved from russia to the usa when they were young adults and i was born there then moved to western europe when i was like 4. I love learning about my background though and it means smth to me you know
yes !!! it means so much to me honestly. which, sounds like white nationalism, i know. i know. and that’s why it doesn’t seem to matter as much; it’s not a connection to your roots, it’s a threat. which, i understand, bc neo-nazis/etc. have used a lot of our cultures toward their “evidence” of superiority (beyond just the swastika). so now it’s connected in general that white people being proud equals bad things + tumblr sometimes rags on white people anyway (which fair enough, i’m sure as hell not complaining). and as much as i love my slavic background, we’ve been guilty of it, too, we really have. honestly at this point it doesn’t concern me as much if others don’t think my heritage matters (which, i get you on this, though. despite the fact that we are white and the recent surges in slavic white nationalism, historically i think it’s important to make these distinctions, especially considering how ruthless germanics have been in treating us + the general views that eastern europe is “dirty” thanks to the west. if we’re gonna get technical, it does matter. it’s like telling the irish to not be proud - which, at least in america they’re encouraged to be lbr - bc they’re white, even tho they do receive some sympathy bc the brits/americans were ruthless to them, etc. so, no, it legit doesn’t stop with us being white. we have a different & harsher history than Western Whites™, a different culture, different ideas. it does matter when we get to the conversation.) but of being accused of more because my slavic background means something to me. maybe i’ve been on tumblr too long, but damn is that one of my fears bc i’ve seen some illogical arguments. but anyway, our heritage meaning something to us doesn’t exactly equate to everything bad & i really do think it’s cool that your slavic background means something to you. i’d encourage anyone of the same thing but i’m slavic so this just happens to be what i know personally, what i connect to, you feel me?
also, atm we’re kind of at a place where taking some interest in our roots has been important, politically. ie since the crimea crisis, ukrainians have taken more interest in their culture, wearing the traditional flower crowns, as a way to reclaim their identity, etc. and that’s just ukraine, i’m not even touching the other examples of how our roots should matter to us (and i have,, some surprisingly mundane reasons actually, ie stuff that effects population control).
sorry for the rant, i just… it’s a weird topic and i’ve seen a lot of scathing stuff on tumblr (especially a couple years ago) so i feel kinda compelled to protect our positions here. i get what you mean off the bat but slavic troubles aren’t exactly Top of the List knowledge and i don’t need any weird messages lmao. and goodness knows i support anyone who wants to connect with their heritage, to take some good pride in the stories / languages / clothing / etc. that their ancestors have achieved (& i would like to hear about it actually. slav culture isn’t the only stuff the west just… fails to touch, even tho culture in general is interesting).
so anyway, yes nonny, my slavic roots mean a lot to me. it’s so amazing to learn our background. like, traditionally sewing has meant a lot to us, has been a means of divination and protection and so forth, and it’s been really cool learning that considering my family’s professional background in needleworks. it means so much to me and slavic culture is so pretty & under-appreciated in the west, i’m glad you’ve taken an interest in it too! seriously, if you ever wanna hmu about slavic stuff please do so, goodness knows i wanna know everything about it that interests you! i’m so here for talking about slav culture/history c: