mojacardave wrote:White pride would be interpreted to mean racism, straight pride would be taken to mean homophobia.
This is because these are counter
movements. The fact that they use the word pride in them is because they are countering the pride movements of the persecuted in some bigoted fashion to salvage their perceived loss of privilege. It has nothing to do with the meaning or connotations loaded onto the term 'pride' at all. If the movement was called Gay Sprünt
, then the subsequent counter-movement would be called Straight Sprünt
, with no real care as to what Sprünt
actually means, as using any other term would rob the counter-movement of its clear position; being Sprünty about your way of life is not tolerable for us; why can't we all maintain the status quo? Life is so much easier (for me, not you) that way, so suck it up bitches
Also, pride? Turns out the word has several meanings, not just one. Don't tell us you need to achieve something to feel pride, as if that's the only definition of pride that exists. Pride can mean humility, self-respect, excellence, bravery, vanity, worth, hubris, and deadly sin, among--what? Probably about 40 more synonyms that are loosely related but can mean so many different things. Oh, and celebration
, which seems to be the most pertinent metonym.
See? Many meanings. Not as rigid a word as you seem to make out. So leave the word alone, and take pride in the fact you speak a language where words always mean more than what you deign them.