Want To Help End Systemic Racism? First Step: Drop the White Guilt

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The plight of Eric Harris, who was gunned down by a pay-to-play cop during an April 2 undercover operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is just one of the latest tragedies following a long-recurring theme within the United States. As Harris lay bleeding in the street and pleading for his life, the response to his declaration, “I’m losing my breath,” was a vicious, “Fuck your breath,” from one of the officers trying to subdue him. Harris died one hour later due to that fatal gunshot wound.

One of the more cringe-worthy realities about this situation is the fact that the shooter—seventy-three-year old Reserve Deputy Robert Bates—isn’t a police officer, he’s a wealthy insurance executive who only plays cop in his spare time by virtue of Tulsa County’s so-called “buy-a-badge” program.

Everyone, please: Watch the video. Notice the brutish disregard for human life displayed by those who subdue Harris as he bleeds to death before them. It should go without saying that one can be concerned about the foul, excessive treatment of an individual without endorsing the actions of said individual that precipitated the run-in with law enforcement. Even if one were guilty of a criminal act it doesn’t justify treating someone as a rabid, stray dog.

I bring up this particular instance not to lambast law enforcement specifically, though I hold many reservations. I mention it due to the driving force behind the continuation of racial profiling, racialized discrimination, and scapegoating tactics: the institution of white supremacy.

There may be some who reflexively take issue with this term’s usage, and that’s likely due to either ignorance or misconceptions about what is meant by white supremacy. Perhaps some think of it exclusively in terms of the Ku Klux Klan, or neo-Nazism, or like white nationalist groups. Not so.

Yes, the idea (in the form of an active ideology) is certainly present within those groups, but, broadly speaking, white supremacy refers to the belief—and promotion of systems that perpetuate said belief—that those belonging to “white” human races are somehow naturally superior to those of other racial backgrounds.

White supremacy is intertwined with racism. In her work with the Catalyst Project, renowned feminist activist Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez has elaborated on this issue, and in doing so indirectly addresses the tragedy befallen Eric Harris. In a piece titled, “What is white supremacy?” Martinez notes:

The most common mistake people make when talking about racism (white supremacy) is to think of it as a problem of personal prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: political, economic, social, cultural, legal, military, educational, all our institutions. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country.

By not understanding that racism is systemic, we guarantee it will continue. For example, racist police behavior is often reduced to “a few bad apples” who need to be removed, instead of seeing that it can be found in police departments everywhere. It reflects and sustains the existing power relations throughout society.

As a consequence of the more recent advent of smartphone technology, hyper-surveillance, and growing treatment of cultural issues within the sociopolitical intelligentsia, societal recognition of racial inequalities has improved. Yet, with this appreciation—which is overall sluggish, sometimes tepid, and also rebuffed—comes the onset of another impediment to progress aside from the insidious nature of privilege itself: white guilt.

The point of identifying and exposing inconsistencies within the social systems and cultural norms of the United States isn’t to make whites feel guilty, but to garner greater empathy that will inspire change. The main problem with white guilt is that it attempts to diminish the spotlight aimed at issues germane to marginalized groups and redirects the focus to a wasteful plane of apologetics and ineffective assessment.

This is why some don’t like discussing racism, as those more sensitive to these matters sometimes allow guilt to creep into their thought processes, effectively evoking pangs of discomfort. This can lead to avoidance of the primary issues altogether, as well as the manifestation of defense mechanisms, including denial, projection, intellectualization, and rationalization.

Many are acquainted with the concept of Catholic guilt. Catholic doctrine emphasizes the inherent sinfulness of all people. These accentuated notions of fault lead to varied degrees of enhanced self-loathing. I liken white guilt to Catholic guilt: both relate to a sense of inadequacy emanating from misguided notions. Though the latter is anchored in an imagined source, they both speak to feelings of remorse and internal conflict that does the individual having them no good.

Keep in mind that the call to “recognize your privilege” does not translate to “bear the blame.” Privilege refers to the myriad of social advantages and benefits associated with being part of an in-group. Said benefits exist whether or not one’s earned them or consciously vied for them. In fact, almost universally, privilege is something conferred without the recipient having any say in the matter. Thus, when announcing the existence of privilege, it isn’t about shaming someone or pointing an accusatory finger. It’s about deflating inequality—not imposing guilt.

What we as individuals, groups, and societies need is active opposition to racialized discrepancies, not idle, unproductive self-reproach. From awareness grows motivation to make a difference. White guilt tends to warp or subvert the very sympathies that spurred a yearning for change to begin with.

White supremacy is ideologically and institutionally passed down from generation to generation. It will not just magically disappear. It’s an old, well established system that won’t fold without a fight.

What can those who identify as humanists, or even those who simply consider themselves decent people do to combat systemic racism? Make a concerted effort to humanize and identify with all individuals.

It’s easy to assent to this principle in word, but it’s quite another to be continuously mindful of it and endeavor to extend egalitarianism without constraint. None of this requires a belief in a god, of course, but it does entail dedication to values central to the humanist cause. Impartiality is actually a challenge when one considers the current, severely biased state of affairs. That said, it’s a goal that is certainly achievable.

If you’re carrying guilt for being privileged, quit wasting your time. Devote your mental energy towards something worthwhile, like transmitting heightened awareness within your sphere of influence (however marginal) and seeking to destabilize the inequitable power structure that allows and excuses the bias and cruelty involved with cases like Eric Harris. Focus less on your guilt and more on being a catalyst for change.

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  • A.M. Bookdragon

    I agree we need to look at social justice in terms of people not color, nationality religion or sex. I have never been in a position to enjoy social guilt since my whiteness has never protected me from being kicked in the head by social injustice. I am proof that a white child born in poverty is subjected to contempt and bigotry as well.

    • Michael Stephens

      Interesting. I was a white kid born into poverty, with a single mom, orphaned at age 12 and raised by the state until I was 18. I went to college and then on to a quite successful life,not rich but fulfilled and respected. I attribute my good fortune entirely to white privilege, and being smart enough to use the opportunities made possible just by being white..

      • corruptintenz

        “I attribute my good fortune entirely to white privilege”

        To which good fortune do you refer? Which opportunities were made possible just by being white?

        • Devin_MacGregor

          He is blind not to understand that most people never do better than their parents and that includes white people. Since he had a single mom he more than likely got aid due to that. My nephews get all kind of grant money due to that.

        • Bob

          I suppose he’s talking about getting through his teen years and young manhood with maybe a traffic ticket or two, but otherwise being mostly ignored by the law. Unless he did something really awful, white priviledge protected him from a criminal record.

          • corruptintenz

            Easy to say, hard to show.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            So he was out leading a life of dirty deeds but the po po just ignored him? White privilege did not protect him from a criminal record. His lack of balls to commit crimes for fear of prison did. His poor status and living under a single mother status got him privileges. Not to mention orphaned status. This is not just available to whites.

        • Jesse

          Twice in the last ten years I have locked myself out of my truck. Both times, an officer jimmyed the door with no questions. He just gave me a nod and left.

          • corruptintenz

            Sounds like you are on the right side of a vast global conspiracy for sure! Thanks for sharing.

      • Leah Sees

        Why do you not attribute it solely to “being smart enough to use the opportunities made possible”

        • Praz

          because he is acknowledging the opportunities that he was given, rather than just taking them for granted.

      • Daryl Branson

        A.M. and Michael – “Your results may vary.”

      • Bill

        I attribute my good fortune entirely to white privilege

        That’s so noble of you. You must feel so proud of how progressive and not racist you are. You should definitely tell the whole world about it so everyone has a role model of not racism to look up to.

      • Profit Muhammad

        Sounds more like white guilt than white privilege.

      • Grom Hellscream

        “I attribute my good fortune entirely to white privilege, and being smart enough to use the opportunities made possible just by being white… ”

        LOL nice trolling. Too bad many in the comment section can’t tell you are being sarcastic.

      • Patrick James Bayham

        Bernie Sanders wouldn’t agree with you. He (like most white guilt liberals) believes that white people have never been poor. He literally said that at the CNN debate.

        This country is doomed.

        • riverside

          Maybe white people are doomed and you’re just projecting.

    • Pat Sisson

      See how easy it is to make it about them and not you? 🙂 I also slogged my way out of the pit and accepted any and all help along the way. I credit my parents who read to us, sang with us and took us to libraries and bookmobiles…all free activities BTW. Once I reached the age where all this data could come together as a process I applied past and future knowledge to get jobs and houses, cars, husbands… Still, the building blocks are free. It is the effort driven by need and desire that makes all the difference.

    • Patrick James Bayham

      “White people have never known what it’s like to be poor” – Bernie Sanders, one of the most popular Democrat candidates

  • onewasjohnny

    What about neuroscience and the cross-race effect?
    Have you read Are We Born Racist? It seems that increased exposure to racially diverse social environments reduces racism.

  • corruptintenz

    I think the issue is the presumption of such prescriptive statements that at their core cannot be shown rationally to be true or describe a reality that even exists. Once can certainly make them, publicly or privately, but one cannot compel, even via rote repetition, anyone else to accept them apart from the echo chamber lure of those who already agree with the position being advanced. Useful as a rallying cry, to foment unrest, or to whip up the troops, but not that useful in terms of persuasion or influence of those who do not already agree.

    • prescriptive statements that at their core cannot be shown rationally to be true or describe a reality that even exists.

      Translation: Evidence that I will handwave away when presented.

      • corruptintenz

        Produce some and lets find out.

        • Depends on what reality you want to prove exists. I think Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a pretty well-researched overview of the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the War on Drugs that has left the USA’s black community disenfranchised. There are severe inequities in opportunities between black and white citizens in many areas of American life: financial, judicial, educational, and professional.

          • corruptintenz

            “Depends on what reality you want to prove exists.”

            It doesn’t. It depends on the hypothesis, the conclusion, the evidence, and the methodology.

            On what basis do you declare The New Jim Crow well-researched?

          • On what basis do you declare The New Jim Crow well-researched?

            Well, the author draws on public statistics about income and rates of incarceration, legal battles concerning systemic bias, and sociological research performed by professionals and high-profile academics. She’s not just some ranting blogger, she’s a Stanford graduate and professor who has clerked for a US Supreme Court justice.

            Have you ever heard of the book? What’s the extent of your research into these complex cultural matters? Are you satisfied with the attitude that no evidence exists that can change your mind? How reasonable.

          • corruptintenz

            “Well, the author draws on public statistics about income and rates of incarceration, legal battles concerning systemic bias, and sociological research performed by professionals and high-profile academics.”

            Drawing on them is a good start, but not sufficient to rationally support her proposition. This would be a reference to the ‘researched’ portion of ‘well researched’. When considering ‘well’ one must determine if the research she has assembled has been utilized in a methodologically sound manner. She cannot determine or declare this for herself, for obvious reasons.

            “She’s not just some ranting blogger, she’s a Stanford graduate and professor who has clerked for a US Supreme Court justice.”

            Which is interesting if you are writing her biography, but not related whatever to the question at hand. To assert that her CV imbues soundness to her proposition is irrational.

            “Have you ever heard of the book? What’s the extent of your research into these complex cultural matters?”

            Relevance?

            “Are you satisfied with the attitude that no evidence exists that can change your mind?”

            Non-sequitur.

            “How reasonable.”

            If by reasonable, you mean rational, I think that is an aspirational goal for all, no?

          • Drawing on them is a good start, but not sufficient to rationally support her proposition.

            Since you’re Mr. Rational, how rational is it to judge how well she supports her proposition if you’ve neither read the text nor assessed the sources?

            Like I said in my first response to you, I think you’re engaging in denial. You’ve done nothing but make pronouncements phrased in debate buzzwords to try to characterize your denial as informed skepticism.

            You haven’t rebutted anything or challenged the text I offered as evidence. You’ve merely done the Internet version of sticking your fingers in your ears.

          • corruptintenz

            Since you’re Mr. Rational

            What impact are you going for here, by introducing name calling into your argument? Does it add to or detract from your position? How does the effect align with your intention within the response.

            how rational is it to judge how well she supports her proposition if you’ve neither read the text nor assessed the sources?

            One assumes you have read the text at a minimum, as you invoked it as example. It is unknown whether you have assessed the sources. If you are confessing that you have neither read nor assessed the text, then yes, it would seem irrational to invoke it as an example.

            I think you’re engaging in denial.

            This is both clear, and on its face uninteresting. Why you feel this and how you support the assertion would be interesting to determine.

            to try to characterize your denial as informed skepticism.

            How you receive what I write and my intention in the writing are decoupled. Why you think what you think about what I have written and/or why I have written it is a matter of some interest, to the degree that those assertions are supported/supportable.

            You haven’t rebutted anything or challenged the text I offered as evidence.

            It is your argumentation that impedes you, not my own.

          • It is your argumentation that impedes you, not my own.

            Um, but only one of us is engaging in argumentation. You’re just “responding” to everything I say by spitting out incoherent sentences in Englishese that have nothing to do with the topic of this article or the substance of my argument. I assume you’re either an algorithm dreamed up by a prankster programmer, or you’re playing a delightful online game where you bait someone into offering evidence to support an assertion concerning the matter at hand and then avoid all attempts at dialogue.

            Either way, I’m not playing anymore.

          • corruptintenz

            Um, but only one of us is engaging in argumentation.

            This is entirely the problem, though not an uncommon one. I would modify it to say that we are seeking a common framework for rational discussion.

            incoherent sentences in Englishese

            If you can give an example where you are struggling to understand, I will rephrase. English is the only language on the table on this side, however.

            I assume you’re either an algorithm dreamed up by a prankster programmer

            What difference does the audience to an argument make to the nature or structure of an argument?

            you bait someone into offering evidence to support an assertion

            The only bait for any engaged in such an exercise is the bait of wishing to be perceived as credible, and/or for one’s argument to be persuasive.

            I’m not playing anymore.

            What were you playing at before? Did it have any bearing on your argument?

  • John Forest

    I do not see how the author concludes that he is helping himself specifically or black people generally by employing the term white supremacy. And, yes, I both read and understood his argument. I simply dismiss it as ill-considered. Perhaps we should make something clear at the outset. Prejudice and maltreatment of those with less power is a human tendency. It is not anwhite thing, a black thing, a gay or straight thing, an old or young people thing. Does it cause you to wonder where, starting with this premise might lead us? It makes me wonder.

    • corruptintenz

      Agree. If the foundation is faulty, the most cogent argumentation built upon it will fail.

    • Cindy Eby

      Can you point out to me where “prejudice and maltreatment of those with less power” happens with blacks holding power and mistreating whites? Other than one-on-one, I mean. Systemically.

      • Nik

        Zimbabwe is a prime example.

        • Cindy Eby

          I think the hand of white power has messed with Zimbabwe culture and government enough that it is NOT a good example.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            So blacks do not have agency to be racist against other blacks? Hmmm, Blacks sold blacks into slavery because they did not see each other as the same due to their skin color. They in their eyes were different because they came from another tribe. It continues today in Africa regardless of white colonialism.

          • Cindy Eby

            If there is no racial difference between the perpetrators and the victims, I would not call violence racist. (Obviously on an individual basis, a black person who has internalized racial hatred can act in a racist manner toward people of his/her own race, but I was trying to exclude that case and look at systemic, institutionalized mistreatment. If you re-read my comment you will see I said “Other than one-on-one, I mean. Systemically.” ) I do not think there is a system where whites are systemically victimized by blacks. Or by anybody, for that matter.

          • corruptintenz

            Global human trafficking (25.6% of the victims in the US alone are Caucasian) & Bosnian rape camps?

          • Cindy Eby

            And you think blacks set up Bosnian rape camps? You are reaching far to justify your racism denial.

          • corruptintenz

            To quote you to you: “I do not think there is a system where whites are systemically victimized by blacks. Or by anybody, for that matter.”

            Pace yourself. All that goalpost moving is sapping the energy from your reality distortion field. Can’t have that.

          • Cindy Eby

            ??

          • corruptintenz

            Whites are not victimized by anybody? Really? That ‘race’ does not exist.

          • Cindy Eby

            You must have missed the word “systemic” in my sentences. And maybe you didn’t read the article? Both the author and I were referring to the kind of institutionalized racism that guides policy and gets built into bureaucracies, as in the hypothetical example I gave. If you are not interested in reading the words, why are you here?

          • corruptintenz

            Correct. You are both attempting to attenuate the magic definition of racism to the point where it conforms to all of your predefined conclusions. It is a common tactic, if almost impossible to succeed with, given it relies on everyone else to agree to the magic definition.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            She seems to forget blacks that are managers, store owners, etc. This is racism none the less but by slamming the word systemic down does not erase it is racism none the less. Just like the LA Soccer team owned by a Mexican Billionaire who wants only Mexicans to be on his team just like his team in Mexico. In the US this is racism.

          • stubbikins

            Global human trafficking is GLOBAL. It happens to girls of all races throughout the globe. It is gender based, not racial

          • Jane Singletary

            Only poor whites, Cindy, but even that isn’t as bad as white on black. So sad–all violence.

          • Cindy Eby

            Systemically. That means in institutions like criminal justice, education, etc. Black people cannot systemically penalize poor whites because they do not have a bureaucracy through which to do so.
            You are talking about one-on-one violence.

          • Jane Singletary

            Most people are not aware of those facts.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            Yes and it is mind blowing for some who have been taught all their lives to that point that whites went to Africa and captured blacks to then go to Western Africa and see the coastal European forts with their gun placements aimed at the sea and not inland to then find out that the Coaster tribes who were empires and kingdoms in their own right and wealthy enslaved inner-continent blacks to where the slave trails still exist and the shackles still there and then to find out the Arabs were doing black African slave trade hundreds of years before Europeans. And the slavery internally still exists.

            What will be more mind blowing is when we actually have an honest discussion of indentured servitude. It does not diminish chattel servitude it just stops and pun intended white washing an ugly past of ours.

          • stubbikins

            Indentured servitude was never comparable because no one remained an indentured servant for generations. Indentured servants did not have their names erased. They were not listed on the census as “female” with no name, origin, etc. Indentured servitude was entered into voluntarily.

          • CamCubed

            You’re thinking with a simplistic social device that distinguishes “nation” from “tribe”, a -very- privileged method that tends to elevate Western civilization above “developing” societies. African tribes tore each other apart in awful ways, and continue to do so today.

            Kind of like the way France and Germany ripped each other part, and indeed the whole developed world slaughtered each other with gusto. But since they aren’t “tribes”, it was simply war with nationalistic goals. Because tribes aren’t “nations” in this view, they’re just…proto-people who turn on each other childishly.

            In reality, tribes are no better or worse than the highly sophisticated nation-states of the developed world when it comes to interests and efforts, including war. Writing it off as racist may be accurate nevertheless; Germans and French and Italians and the English and Spanish and even we Americans all thought very, very little of each other (and still do, to an extent).

          • Devin_MacGregor

            Talk about simplistic. Tribes are nations as well. A nation is an embodiment of people that share a common culture, language, etc. Tribes do absorb other tribes and become larger tribes. Countries have borders while nations actually do not unless that tribe fits within those borders. Austrians are technically ethnic Germans and speak German but they fall into another country than Germany called Austria.

            The word race was initially used to be nation to nation tribe to tribe. It was not based on skin color.

          • CamCubed

            That’s essentially what I was trying to convey to you, so yes. Thank you for sounding off.

            But it seems as though that despite you recognizing this historical fact about race, you’re still arguing in that rather modernist perspective.

        • corruptintenz

          Somalia, Sudan, Burundi, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Guinea all oppress on an equal opportunity basis. Much like whites oppressed non whites, yes, but also other whites in the US.

      • John Forest

        It seems to me that we need not only to widen our scope geographically but historically. Any number of societies have brutalized and robbed and subjugated others. Here is a thing to consider. For a very long time, the way we have spoken about the problem is not much better than schoolyard name calling. Whites saying blacks are lazy or worse. Blacks saying whites are devils or white supremacists. Largely, what we do is draw bright lines around our differences when, by any measure, our similarities wholly overshadow our differences. We all want to be happy, successful, live in safe communities without fear, see our children grow and prosper. No sane person would argue that we don’t have a problem. But, all we need to do is look around to see how far our old attitudes and methods have brought us. I suggest not near far enough.

      • Slithy Tove

        I believe that Federal Government hiring managers for Federal jobs tend to favor job applicants with a lot of melanin, whatever your preferred self-descriptive term is these days. I have interviewed with some Federal managers who displayed a lot of melanin, and especially the females seemed to be very aggressive and hostile to a pale stale male like myself, who has a lot of technical experience.

        • Cindy Eby

          Slithy Tove, whatever your expertise in your field might be, your own words reveal your social shortcomings, and I would suggest to you that those shortcomings might be the reason you didn’t do well in your interview. You can’t even say the words African American, or black person (either one is ok, as you MUST know.)
          You could look up the demographics of federal employees, if you really are interested in an objective evaluation of your statement that federal hiring favors blacks. Compare that to the demographics of the population of the US and you will have definitive evidence of your claim, or you will prove to yourself that you are mistaken. (Be sure to take into account that there actually MIGHT be more qualified blacks than whites in your field, so plus or minus a few points would be reasonable.)
          It appears that your social challenges are not just with people of color, but also with women. You are, I am guessing, a middle-aged white guy who has not had a lot of luck with women. You can change that, but not without effort. I suggest finding a therapist — preferably a black, female therapist — with whom you can challenge your biases over time, in private. Not only would it feel good to shed your old resentments, but it might make you more successful in love.

          • Slithy Tove

            Cindy, Give me a break with your therapist recommendation.
            Yes, I am an older white guy, but I have had plenty of luck with many women. I was in an Air Force fighter squadron in Korea, and I married a Miss Korea contestant who was 7 years younger than me. We were married for 22 years with one daughter. Before that, I had a daughter in Thailand during the Vietnam War. I supported her for 18 years, and now I am back in touch. I am currently dating a woman from India who has a scientific PhD, and is a Federal GS-14 at NIH. There is a good chance that we will get married soon.
            As for my melanin term, I come from the midwest, and several Maryland people seemed to get annoyed when I used the term Black. But I am not fond of the term African-American, because I prefer living in a mixed society where we are all Americans together. I don’t want to broadcast that I am Caucasian-American and my daughter is Asian-American, and what do I call the people who live in Nigeria who are Black, African-Africans? What do I call the Dutch heritage citizens of South Africa, Afrikaan-Africans? I don’t need that hassle.
            I actually have some Black friends, who are very smart. One guy worked with me at a Defense Corporation for 25 years, and now he is a GS-12 for the Navy in San Diego. When I worked at White Sands Missile Range, I helped a female Navajo employee get an employment lawyer to keep from getting unfairly fired. I don’t mind socializing or working with people of different ethnicity.
            Going back to the origin of this thread, I think that many young Blacks are over-estimating the concept of “white privilege”. I was privileged that my father worked in a factory for 44 years, did not stab anyone, and did not abandon his family. That might be “white privilege”, but it does not seem extraordinary to me. Mixed marriages were mandated as legal in the U.S. in 1968, but an Asian tried to block my marriage in Korea in 1981 because I was white. So I am not impressed by the attitude of many Blacks that I was blessed by “white privilege”.

    • Cindy Eby

      As a white person, I appreciate the term “white supremacy.” It requires more internal evaluation than does “racist.”
      In order to identify a “racist” person, you must look at their behavior. Behavior is what defines racism. Racism is what happens when, for example, a police department deliberately focuses ticketing into an urban neighborhood after making the cynical calculation that the poor people who live in that neighborhood are less likely to fight the charges.
      White supremacism, on the other hand, happens in our heads. That is where the generational resentments and competition lives. White supremacy can never be determined by another person — the supremacist themselves must identify themselves for themselves.
      There is no guilt in having been born into and raised in a racist culture. Many of us…I hope most of us …can catch the inappropriate messages that have been absorbed into our psyches throughout our lifetimes, and filter them out before words or actions endorse them.

      • CBinTH

        In that comment you appear to have completely redefined racism so as to describe, not racial prejudice or racial discrimination, but cynically targeting a community that can’t fight back, a form of discrimination which is not racial at all, but colour blind.

        Why such confusion of weaponised terms? Why not use words in the way they’re generally understood?

        That’s not meant to be as aggressive as it probably reads – it’s written more in the spirit of mad king Lear, railing against the thunder storm.

        Such redefinitions take place all the time in and around this sort of article. It’s a pain.

        • Cindy Eby

          Words, I am sure you know, can have more than one meaning. I was using the definition that was most germane to this conversation — “a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.” And then I used a current example of what I was talking about to clarify.

          I was responding in particular to this paragraph: “The most common mistake people make when talking about racism (white supremacy) is to think of it as a problem of personal prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: political, economic, social, cultural, legal, military, educational, all our institutions. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country.

          In my example, the police department chose to target a community because of the particular vulnerabilities of that community, and the community happened to be black. I doubt that Ferguson leaders said, “lets go get them because they are black.” But the fact that they were black gave them more psychological freedom to victimize the people. I think that is often how racist discrimination works.

          I don’t think I was “redefining” anything, but perhaps I was assuming readers of this article would be able to apply the correct definition. Sorry.

          • corruptintenz

            “But the fact that they were black gave them more psychological freedom to victimize the people.”

            You would, of course have to show this to be true, not just assert it without support.

    • John Cochran

      I think perhaps the illusory term “white supremacy” is a cloaked label that covertly illustrates the author’s deep prejudice.

      • If you consider the notion of white supremacy in the USA “illusory,” maybe you’re just speaking from such a cocoon of privilege that you don’t want to admit there are systemic racial inequities in this country. Do you deny that African-Americans face challenges and injustices in many areas of society that whites don’t?

        • John Cochran

          Well Shem, whites do have certain advantages in our society and always have. The point that seems to escape you involves the basic definition “white supremacy” with its loaded connotation. One might say “white advantage,” and it covers the meaning very well. When you throw out “white supremacy” to mean the same, it reeks with prejudicial tones that incriminates the whole of the white race. Millions of whites have no prejudicial appetite whatsoever. And if they happen to live in a society that has an advantage system favoring the white majority, then is it their fault? Have they accrued some kind of original sin for being white in society? Are they included in this “white supremacy” conspiracy theory you allude to? My cocoom of privilege consists of being raised in a poor environment, working my way through college to obtain a PhD without the aid of anyone, white or black. I observed many black students admitted into the doctoral program ahead of more academically proven white students just because they were black (few of them completed the program). When they washed out many of them were pointing the finger at the alleged “white supremacy” advantages that you ingratiate.

          • One might say “white advantage,” and it covers the meaning very well. When you throw out “white supremacy” to mean the same, it reeks with prejudicial tones that incriminates the whole of the white race. Millions of whites have no prejudicial appetite whatsoever. And if they happen to live in a society that has an advantage system favoring the white majority, then is it their fault?

            Well, is it the fault of African-Americans that they’re living in a society which favors its white population with so much more advantage and opportunity?

            Even though you concede that whites in the USA have advantages blacks don’t, you take offense to the term “white supremacy” because it makes it seem like whites are prejudiced or indifferent to this biased system. However, making it seem like whites shouldn’t feel obligated to do anything about systemic inequites, or that black people are where they are because of their character flaws and not because of institutional racism, sounds pretty prejudiced and indifferent to me.

          • John Cochran

            You said: Well, is it the fault of African-Americans that they’re living in a
            society which favors its white population with so much more advantage
            and opportunity?
            Well, who said anything about any fault? (Outside of you, of course.) It’s not the fault of the majority of whites or blacks, it’s just the way it is. I refuse to assume any guilt that some weak kneed social savior wants to put on the whole of the population.
            No, I don’t think the majority of whites should feel obligated to do anything abut systemic inequities because the majority of whites don’t have a dog in the fight. They are not responsible for the way society has turned out and they should not feel obligated in any way to your “original sin” theory. I did not infer in any way that “all” blacks are where they are because of inherent character flaws. Some blacks are in great shape because their character “lacks” flaws. I believe the current President of the U.S. is black, for instance. There are many Wall Street bankers and financiers who are black. There are many physicians and engineers who are black. It would not seem that any of these professionals have any complaint about their society. They seemed to be immune to the great institutional racism that you seem to think is pervasive to all black people. I wonder why that is? Maybe they spend their energy on engaging the American dream and not pandering to the “poor me” syndrome that you spew. They, as I, have little time for self serving hypocrites like yourself. The only prejudice I can deduce from these exchanges is that which is welled up inside your insidious soul. Go do something productive today and maybe the rants inside your troubled psyche will diminish over time. Annoy me no more.

  • Boris Molotov

    The concept of privilege or “whiteness” to whatever degree of truth it
    has, is too often misused to be useful. Associating skin colour to ideas
    and arguments is a bad way to start a conversation about problems
    rooted in group dynamics. It is like arguing about generalizations by
    saying white people over generalize.
    I agree, this is often used as
    bludgeon to silence debate, invoke guilt and causes dangerously overly
    simplified stereotypes to become the basis of explanations to complex
    problems.
    It should also be noted that by and large “whites” are not
    guilty for anything, particularly those who are recent white immigrants
    with ethnic sounding names, accents, etc who are not part of the main
    stream culture and face discrimination and poverty. Invoking guilt in
    this context becomes meaningless and it’s utility for raising awareness
    counterproductive.
    So, when you use “white” we have to be more specific about what we talking about exactly.

    • Jane Singletary

      Naturally born Americans with 4 or more generations of ancestors, also American born, are, in my estimation, considered “white “.

      • Devin_MacGregor

        US Census determines who is white not economic or immigrant status. You can be 4 or more generations and live in poverty.

      • stubbikins

        Most black people have far more than 4 generations that have been born in the US. They still are not white.

    • Devin_MacGregor

      Associating skin color to ideas and arguments is as well racist. All skin colors in of themselves are diverse in thoughts. So when we say we need Diversity we often forget this and incorrectly associate diverse thoughts with skin color as if two different skin colors will automatically have different opinions. So we associate Abortion as a male vs female issue while ignoring that both males and females are on the same side of either position. We will more often imply that an all white panel cannot understand anyone who is not white but not apply the same standards to an all black or brown panel. We will tell the majority group it is wrong for you to want to associate with like kind but ignore minority group who are doing just that. The issue here is the ignoral of often the oppressed both real and imagined can become the future oppressors. This will be groomed by not acknowledging their own racism and sexism.

      We focus too much on things having to be diverse in of themselves instead of finding common ground. Common ground leads to solutions. Diversity does not always lead to new ideas. Ben Carson is an example. He is as Conservative as they get.

  • indfl

    I do feel a degree of shame….and I think its somewhat healthy to think it through. I don’t feel it is a waste of time but more of a reminder to the realities of cruelty and ignorance.

  • Colorado Native

    So here I am, not showing any signs of “white guilt”. Why? Because I learned discrimination too as a young white kid. My dad was an enlisted man in the Navy and, believe it or not, we were considered white trash by other white Americans. This was in the South, where discrimination was born right along with slavery. So much for the Christian legacy.
    More to the point, all of this violence and these self-destructive occurrences are obvious if you step back and look at them. When you pack people together in substandard housing, give them the “opportunity” for a lack of education and lousy underpaid jobs, then don’t let most of them out through societal control by government, like in a crowded inner city, you are bound to start a huge kettle simmering, maybe for decades. Then throw on top of all that the insistence by the local government that these people are supposed to “behave” like they’ve been told to, or else. Just what the hell do you think is going to happen? Notice that so far in this paragraph I have not mentioned color or race as a catalyst for rioting. It *could* be but it is not necessary, to have all of this happen. Also notice that it isn’t all in the South, either, where discrimination was born right along with the abovementioned slavery. This discrimination exists all over the country, and all over the country people are packed into substandard places to live, and etc.
    And am I guilty? Hell no. I Just want to make our “authority” figures stop doing what they’ve been doing for the last 100+ years and treat EVERYONE the same…like human beings.
    Namaste. 🙂

  • John D

    I am a white male and I feel no guilt about racism. So…. I have no problem “abandoning” that. But…. I appreciate you giving me permission to feel a certain way. I would hate to have a day go by without someone reminding me how to feel about “white supremacy”. (nice choice of word there… nothing hyperbolic here folks…. just look away!)

    I also don’t know how greater empathy will make any difference. Nice try I guess. But what you are proposing is shifting from one emotion (guilt) to another (empathy). This is like the Oprah method of making change. If we all just worship the right “feels” everything will change.

    How do we make change? All I can say is that I follow the advice of MLK. I judge people on their character. This is my goal every day.

    and… now that almost all white folks are at this level (judging people on their character) what is to be done? This is the $50,000 question. Please be specific…. because this is a complex problem which is only made worse by oversimplification…..

    and…. now you get to listen. Almost all white people… and EVERY white person I know, judges people based on their character and not based on the color of their skin. I honestly don’t know what the inequitable power structure even is. It is a chimera… a buzz word post hoc justification for the fact that you already “know” whites are racist. Well… at least you don’t think I should feel guilty.

    • I am a white male and I feel no guilt about racism.

      Is that because you don’t think that racism is a problem in the USA? Or just that you don’t think you’re obliged to do anything about it?

      I honestly don’t know what the inequitable power structure even is. It is a chimera…

      Weren’t you just warning us against oversimplification?

      The fact of the matter is that there’s no level playing field, so there’s nothing noble about treating everybody the same. Centuries of slavery, disenfranchisement, and discrimination have created a society where African-Americans are disadvantaged in virtually every area you could mention: education, voting, hiring and advancement, housing, lending, and especially the criminal justice system. Whether white folks are personally prejudiced, or whether they pat themselves on the back for treating everybody really nice, these systemic inequities remain.

      This problem is indeed complex and intractable. However, denying that it exists in the first place isn’t the best way to deal with it.

      • Devin_MacGregor

        But what you are doing is oversimplifying yourself. You are categorizing people by skin color and then applying they all have the same aspects. African Americans make up 13% of the population. Could this be a part of it? African Americans are a part of the 1% but they have the lowest average income to whites and hispanics and the highest debt ratio. Hispanics on the other hand have the highest average income and the lowest debt ratio yet they are a minority as well.

        YES it is NOBLE to treat all people the same. That is what people want. They want the law to treat all people the same. What is not noble is to treat all people of the same skin color as if they are the same such as all whites are advantaged while all blacks are disadvantaged. Two can come from completely different backgrounds and one due to their skin color will be considered advantage and thus have very little in financial aid available other then loans while the other even though from a privileged family due to skin color will be considered disadvantaged and have funds they do not have to pay back available to them.

        • But what you are doing is oversimplifying yourself. You are categorizing people by skin color and then applying they all have the same aspects.

          I can’t imagine where you got this idea, since I specifically said that African-Americans are disadvantaged due to the legacy of slavery and marginalization the community has undergone, not because of their “skin color.”

          YES it is NOBLE to treat all people the same. That is what people want. They want the law to treat all people the same.

          It’s not a virtue to be “colorblind” when what that means is ignoring the systemic inequities that exist in society and disproportionately disadvantage African-Americans. The fact is that they’ve been an underclass for so long that there are entrenched disparities in power and opportunity that operate to keep things the way they are. As the author of this article suggests, It’s about deflating inequality—not imposing guilt. You don’t have to feel bad about it, but you should feel bad about refusing to recognize it.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            “I can’t imagine where you got this idea, since I specifically said that African-Americans are disadvantaged due to the legacy of slavery and marginalization the community has undergone, not because of their “skin color.””

            No, you did not say anything about skin color as not being the cause. Hmmm Indentured Slaves were white while Chattel Slaves were black. Initially in the English Colonies all were indentured but some did not like the idea of a free black man owning white slaves. I am sure you heard of the 3/5ths compromise and we only see it as involving black slaves but ignore white slaves who were not considered citizens and could not vote. If they lived through their contract they had to wait another 14 years to be eligible to become a US Citizen and be able to vote. And this is only the men. That could be 21 years from initial indenture. You may be dead by then. The Census was based off Free persons. The South objected because it had less free persons. So we got the 3/5th compromise. In 1792 Congress passed two militia acts making compulsory service for only FREE white men. Due to anti slavery sentiment in the North indentured slavery at least for whites ended. Black slaves in the North were phased out with the State paying their owners. The South feared this would happen to them but with no compensation. White slaves were just let to finish out their current contract.

            “The fact of the matter is that there’s no level playing field, so there’s nothing noble about treating everybody the same. Centuries of slavery, disenfranchisement, and discrimination have created a society where African-Americans are disadvantaged in virtually every area you could mention: education, voting, hiring and advancement, housing, lending, and especially the criminal justice system. Whether white folks are personally prejudiced, or whether they pat themselves on the back for treating everybody really nice, these systemic inequities remain.

            This problem is indeed complex and intractable. However, denying that it exists in the first place isn’t the best way to deal with it.”

            This is what you actually said and in no where did you say skin color was not part of the cause. The gentlemen you replied to as well as myself never said problems do not exist.

            Now gee I have no idea why Obama takes so much heat from the Right. It must only be because he is Democrat. It must have nothing to do with skin color.

            Oversimplification is saying ALL African Americans are disadvantaged while as well implying ALL whites are advantaged. This is not true. Black Poverty may be 27.4 percent while White Poverty is 9.9 percent but does not mean ALL Blacks are disadvantaged. 72.6 percent are Middle and Upper Class. Part of the 1% are African Americans. They may have the lowest average income and highest debt ratio in that group but they are there none the less. If I see someone from Compton then I can make some assumption they are more than likely disadvantaged. If they come from Brentwood I do not make some assumption they must be stealing a car but see them as a privileged African American like Ben Carson or OJ, etc. Hispanic Poverty is 26.6 percent and they did not go through Slavery. US overall Poverty rate is 15 percent. African Americans make up 13 percent of the overall population while the white population is at or near 5 times that. Even though the Black Poverty rate is almost 3 times higher than the White rate the actual number of white poor is far more than black poor. White poor should not be dismissed as no big deal. White poor make up 42 percent of all poor while the black poor make up 28 percent. The ratio does not change for extreme poverty btw.

            This is not saying the Black Poverty Rate is not something to work on and lower. What it is saying is people make sweeping generalizations such as ALL blacks are poor/disadvantaged and NO whites are poor/disadvant or that it is under 10 percent so hey no big deal is a problem. This is a problem with the Left. The Right though hangs on that same rate to make a generalization such as using it to say who uses Welfare more? Well actual number are whites. Percentage rate wise it might be blacks. So poor whites who do not have opportunities to get up out of poverty get pissed off because they think they are getting a bum deal. So they vote to diminish public services.

            “It’s not a virtue to be “colorblind” when what that means is ignoring the systemic inequities that exist in society and disproportionately disadvantage African-Americans. The fact is that they’ve been an underclass for so long that there are entrenched disparities in power and opportunity that operate to keep things the way they are. As the author of this article suggests, It’s about deflating inequality—not imposing guilt. You don’t have to feel bad about it, but you should feel bad about refusing to recognize it.”

            This is what we call a straw man. This is not what colorblind means. it does not mean ignoring discrimination. It means your skin color does not dictate what kind of worker you are, your productivity, etc does. I means I see you as just you and focus on what you have to bring to the table. I do not think hey here sits a Black man I wonder if he would bring in basketball to the conversation, etc. If you are late I do not think wow that black man is late. It is just this worker is late. etc etc.

            Another straw man. I never said I felt guilty. I have nothing to feel guilty over. I am not for discrimination but I do not assume just based on the color of someone skin by proxy they again are or are not disadvantaged. That is what I was saying is oversimplification. As well as the assumption due to your skin color you have or have not been discriminated against. Blacks make up 13 percent of the population. It is not rational to think they would be equally represented in all walks of life. This as well does not mean they are being disadvantaged as well. It is like the intellectual dishonesty in some 15 years ago who were saying the NBA ownership was racist due to under representation of African Americans owning teams. It was implying that the NBA was denying any African American from buying a team as well as ignoring the OVER representation in the player base and not questioning is this due to African Americans being able to play basketball better than anyone else or is there some form of bias going on. There was no call to make sure more Latino and Asians were given a fair shot. Being a player is based on ability to play. Being an owner is based on being able to afford to buy a team.

            Now let us remove everyone off the equation to just whites. It is NOT a level playing field for whites. This as well is an oversimplification when implying blacks do not have a level playing field as if all whites are level. Ben Carson certainly has a much higher level of playing that those 42 percent white poverty. He as well does over the white middle class.

          • This is what we call a straw man. This is not what colorblind means. it does not mean ignoring discrimination. It means your skin color does not dictate what kind of worker you are, your productivity, etc does. I means I see you as just you and focus on what you have to bring to the table. I do not think hey here sits a Black man I wonder if he would bring in basketball to the conversation, etc. If you are late I do not think wow that black man is late. It is just this worker is late. etc etc

            That’s exactly what colorblind means, and that’s why it’s so counter-productive to the cause of ending systemic inequities.

            What someone “brings to the table” has been acquired in an unfair system, so the average African-American is going to have a much less attractive resume than a white applicant. Ability, opportunity and experience aren’t 100% inborn, they’re a function of differential class-related factors. Completely ignoring these factors, and the advantage they give to the white community in so many areas, does nothing except perpetuate the inequities.

            I realize you have this ideal of a meritocracy in America, and you want to think that your personal lack of prejudice is going to make systemic inequities disappear. But that’s not reality. You’re living in a dream world.

      • “I am a white male and I feel no guilt about racism.”

        Is that because you don’t think that racism is a problem in the USA? Or just that you don’t think you’re obliged to do anything about it?”

        Now that’s an interesting perspective. Just what exactly would you have the “average white guy” actually DO about racism? First of all, do you automatically assume he’s a racist because he’s white? Sure, that would itself be racism, but it’s for the greater good, right? And it can be bolstered instantly by claiming that “blacks can’t be racists”.

        If you want racism to go away, ALL sides have to stop playing it. Giving non-whites a free pass to shiit on whites is not making racism go away. It is making racism blossom, bloom and gain pressure from those who are REALLY oppressed.

      • Lisa Tibbitts

        The “white guilt” rhetoric is a myth, okay? You may be able to get some people to shy away and maybe even apologize to your face but in the end no intelligent human feels guilty for things they have not done and decisions they took no part in. Day to day this country has done more for the world and more for non-whites than any other country in the world, especially non-white dominated countries. You feel that? I am done with the racist rhetoric, the scripted answers, the passing on the torch of past wrongs to poison the children of minorities and steal their hopes and dreams. All this assumed racism of whites, this white supremacy crap continues to be drudged up from the archives of racist persons of color bent on retaining an identity of perpetual victimhood. They know no other way and its destroying them and its destroying our society. Show some gratitude that you are within the borders of this country instead of banging on the door begging to get in. Your hate has tainted your perspective on everything in your life and blinded you to the blessings you receive by your close association with those of European descent. If you don’t like it here I know there are plenty of people who would trade places with you in a heartbeat and with gratitude they would work to build this country into a bigger better version of itself instead of spreading hate and lies and cherry picking history to prove your a sad victim of oppression. And I’ll tell you something else. You keep beating this drum and the reality of what it means to attack an entire race based on the color of their skin will come back to haunt you. This article, it takes one incident and claims this man represents the white race, the country? Are you kidding? Lets use Idi Amin and claim everything he did represents the hearts and minds of all people of color.

    • Bill

      now that almost all white folks are at this level (judging people on their character) what is to be done?

      Call it “colorblindness”, conflate it with being blind to racism, and then criticize them for it.

    • crystal

      Hi John… I think your statement about all white people you know judging others based on their character is the right way to think, regardless of whether it is true or not. It may very well be true and I hope it is. It is a good vision. If people believe this and act accordingly within themselves, it is one way to pave the path to a better future in human relations especially as people who think and act this way procreate and pass on this attitude, belief and model of behavior on to their children. I’ve given this a lot of thought prior to having come across your statement.

      Although, I think what is going on within the police departments around the nation is a problem. Anyone who is concerned about this might want to look into the results of the Zimbardo prison experiment, they psychology of power in general, the psychology of stereotyping and other scholarly findings that may be related to this specific issue. But, first and foremost, law enforcement must end it’s practice of “profiling” or, to put in terms based on what profiling does, planting/fertilizing/watering/growing the seeds of racism, by telling enforcers that it is one race/ethnic group or another that is most likely to be committing this crime or that crime and I KNOW they do this because I’ve had someone in law enforcement tell me this… I could relay the story if you or anyone reading this is interested. Without going into the details, I was most shocked at how accepting this law enforcement person was about his statement… like he thought it was reasonable and no reason to be a problematic way of thinking. I really think there needs to be a new paradigm in police training established. It is high time for an overhaul.

    • Patrick James Bayham

      “EVERY white person I know” = racist statement against white people.

      • And don’t forget anything that starts out with “White people think that they………….”

    • Patrick James Bayham

      Advantages of Being Black:

      * Affirmative Action policies
      * Financial Reparations
      * Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc.

      Advantages of Being White:

      * Everyone gets to call you racist names and discriminate against you because of slavery 200 years ago

      • riverside

        Maybe you’ll get some financial reparations of your own someday. Maybe even some “family-member-in-prison” scholarships! Remember to raise awareness!

  • John Cochran

    Could it be that the racial degradation of minorities by the police is simply a secondary side issue to the real problem? Certainly there is no doubt that many blacks are victimized by police officers around the country. And every such incident now makes the headlines and it becomes fodder for the prevailing social rant against rampant racism. But poor whites as well as all other marginalized citizens are victimized on a regular basis by overzealous police officers. Could it be that racism is the least of the problem? The elephant in the room is not a 1950’s social mindset over race, but rather a modern police force that has become militarized with testosterone replacing cognitive processing.

    • Devin_MacGregor

      Winner winner chicken dinner. We need a police force but they have since their initial inception been an us vs them culture. They were initially city paid for gangs that neutralized all the other white gangs who were poor white immigrants with lack of gainful employment.

      What we have is a police force now that since the 1980s has been highly militarized enhancing this us vs them attitude with a lack of being a part of that actual community. It does not matter the color of the cop. Cops overall do not live within the community they are assigned to patrol. It is just a job to them and since they go where most of the crimes are being reported a sort of apathy sets in for those who live there.

  • Jesse

    If you are reading this: Below are examples of white guilt; red herrings, denial and rationalizations

    • corruptintenz

      You left out confirmation bias and anecdotal evidence…

    • Patrick James Bayham

      Society caters to black people, not white people. What do you call racist INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES like Affirmative Action, Reparation taxation, Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc.

    • riverside

      I second that completely

  • CamCubed

    There are productive ways to intellectualize white guilt nevertheless that can be helpful in America particularly. Americans in general lack historical perspective. At best, most Americans trace their historical knowledge vaguely back to 1776. Before that, there was the French & Indian War and Pilgrims and nothing else is particularly relevant. They claim America was founded in the New World to “cut ties to the Old World”. Problematically, European settlers in America turned their backs on their ancestry (some sooner than others, but now all Americans are supposedly “Anglo”), and thus the trials and tribulations of their own past were forgotten and white-washed. It’s important to remind us of the Old World connections not only to seek out some genuine source of cultural pride (because American culture is a hodge-podge of multiple cultures, including a variety of European cultures that should not be oversimplified into a “whiteness” culture), but also to remind us of our own humble start.

    This is important because one of the primary arguments against the existence of systemic racism is a deeply racist sentiment masquerading behind pseudo-science the likes of which are found in wrecks like “The Bell Curve”, that claims to statistically prove 19th-century racialist assumptions like the “inherent inferiority” of Africans and African-Americans. This kind of racist pseudo-science is deeply infectious and dangerous because it has transformed into AM talk radio and Fox News punditry common parlance and accepted by a large proportion of American consumers as “fact”.

    So it cannot be dismissed and the best way to counter that is historically, IMO. To that end, cite the common argument white supremacists hold: blacks have been out of slavery for a century and a half, and had their full Civil Rights for several decades. Since they’re not all out of poverty and middle-class, it is clearly some sort of cultural or even racial flaw (which liberal progressives, of course, are somehow worsening with their socialist policies — I say “somehow” because the 1970s study that implicated progressivism as the culprit has long been debunked). And so clearly, blacks are just lazy. That is the argument.

    Curious then. If blacks are lazy for not rebounding after 50 years, then what does that make whites who took many times longer to rebound from Nordic and Roman enslavement in centuries prior? The Irish were top of the economic food chain in the British Isles until the Vikings conquered them and made Ireland the seat of the North Sea slave trade. The Irish never did quite recover from that, did they? Probably because the English then capitalized on that weakness and conquered them in turn. And that was 1,000 years ago. NO EXCUSES. The Irish have had a thousand years to recover. They should once again be the emerald jewel of north Europe. Why are they so lazy?

    The same can be said about the English themselves, who also suffered under the yoke of Danish conquest, such that their own intellectuals called them out for their cowardice and lack of backbone (“Sermon of the Wolf”). It took them centuries to recover, and it wasn’t until they broke the back of the Mughal Empire (not through any great strength of their own, but namely by turning Muslim against Hindu and seeding a hot bed of religious turmoil that has only gotten worse since) that their greatest and premier wealth and power came about.

    So the conclusion to be drawn is this: either whites -and- blacks are lazy, or calling victims of long-term bondage “lazy” after only a pittance of post-liberation time has passed is simply moronic and hypocritical.

    • Devin_MacGregor

      Most Americans do not trace any such thing back to 1776 because most Americans are descendants of those who arrived much later.

      Anglo means English and when we say Anglo-American we mean those who are descendant from the English. MOST of Euro-Americans are not Anglo in that context but we speak English as we gave up our own languages. Anglo also refers to the language. Scots, Irish, French, Germans, Nordic, Slavic, etc etc are not Anglos. I am not ignoring you said supposedly “Anglo” but old world was not forgotten btw. This is ONLY in our recent history not in a hell of a lot of it. Prohibition or the Temperance movement started before the USCW and was a WASP anti Euro immigration movement. Anti German and Irish sentiment though due to the war was largely subdued well to needing bodies atm. We used to have German taught in schools. We had German newspapers. Germans as well had German store signs, spoke German openly. The business lobbist group was the German Beer Association who spoke German and took their minutes in German. WWI sorta changed things bringing the anti German sentiment to max. We Anglicized ourselves. We took on English first names. We even changed our last names to sound English. Not all Smiths are English btw.

      To give you a short answer poor whites are not given excuses. They are in fact called lazy for being poor. We give them the 1890 rationale of you are poor because you are defective. And since we define them as privileged due to their skin color we say they do not need over all help. If they cannot rise out of poverty well I am just repeating myself now … they are lazy. So apparently others have forgotten all the history you were explaining to say gee you have struggled so much. So now we have the Left who ignores them overall while the Right feeds them emotional angst at their outrage of not being able to rise up out of their predicament due to lack of opportunities. This is the double edged sword of using rates only and not whole numbers. Either side of this coin uses the rate to their advantage, one to say Blacks need more free govt assistance when it comes to startup businesses and education while whites do not as the other side says see Blacks take up more govt resources while ignoring the whole number that more whites are poor and actually use up more welfare.

      It is sad we are still separating ourselves by skin color.

      • CamCubed

        “we gave up our own languages.”

        And culture and philosophy. American Constitutionalism is derived from Anglo traditions. Frankish and Germanic traditions were very different, and evolved very differently after the advent of democracy. Some might even say evolved in a superior fashion, though I would say if that is true, it is only because they learned from America’s mistakes. Some Americans have absorbed continental philosophy into their world-views, but as a result they tend to lean a lot more liberal than the rest of this country, which is still lost in 18th-century Rationalism. Which has been ontologically disassembled and, where appropriate, scientifically disproved, and thus our Founders’ philosophy should be largely discarded — there is simply too much falsehood. We should re-imagine ourselves with a Kantian vein of deontology, which is at least grounded in human reason rather than useless and culturally destructive “Goddidit” explanations. Starting with the fact that our rights are not somehow magically or mythologically “inherent”, but that we give them to ourselves as a social body. (And that therefore, they can in fact be altered as society demands.)

        “It is sad we are still separating ourselves by skin color.”

        Indeed. But mitigation for that racism cannot be written off because it mitigates in the same context. That’s like criticizing a boxer for throwing his counter-punch square in his opponent’s jaw rather than off into thin air, because boxing is so brutal and we don’t want anymore bloodshed. Unfortunately, the only way to defeat racism is by stamping it out, not pretending it doesn’t exist and that we’re all getting along or suffering equally (when we most certainly are not).

        Furthermore, “white privilege” is largely not what a white receives from society, but rather what whites don’t have happen to them. It’s the same as luck. Having good luck isn’t so much as winning the lottery as it is not getting an inoperative brain tumor. Yes, for example — systemic police brutality does affect whites especially of poor means. But it affects blacks (and certain other disadvantaged minorities, notably Hispanics and Native Americans) of ALL means.

  • atheistcable

    29 May 2015
    For the most part, I don’t discuss race any more. Today is an exception.

    In this game of human relations, there’s more than just race.

    I joined the NAACP and CORE in March 1963. The Washington, D.C. branch, under Rev. Edward Hailes, was rather inactive. Under CORE, on the other hand, under the direction of Julius Hobson, Sr. we were active with sit-ins against discrimination in housing and employment. Yes, I attended the March on Washington, Wednesday, August 28, 1963.

    While still a member of the NAACP, on Sept 10, 1968, while sitting on a retaining wall about a half block from my apartment building, I was kidnapped with the use of three rifles by members of Marion Barry’s Pride, Inc., with heavy involvement of SNCC I was told after I got out of Freedman’s Hospital. The black Americans who kidnapped me didn’t know who I was, and they were total strangers to me. They forced me into their red sedan and we ended up outside the Pride building at 16th & U Sts NW. Inside the Pride building, they beat me so badly that they broke the bone on the right side of my face. Had I not dropped down to the floor, they would have inflicted fatal injuries. This was racially-based hate crime.

    The black police officers, at my hospital bed, simply left after I refused to tell them whether I had a girlfriend or not. While in the hospital, I specifically requested black police officers because I thought they would be better than white police. I was wrong! At the time, the ACLU was suing the federal government for lifetime debarment from all employment under the suspicion that I was homosexual, I could not jeopardize my case against the U.S. Civil Service Commission in answering such irrelevant questions by the police.

    On June 9th, 1969, I was severely beaten up again by one of three black heterosexual males while I was sitting in Meridian Hill Park because, thinking that one guy was friendly to me and got me to say that I liked boys instead of girls, started beating so severely that he broke my nose and inflicted many flesh wounds on my head, all around my back and shoulders and on my right hand used to protect my head. The injury to my hand was severe enough that I thought some bones were broken. X-rays showed that nothing was broken. Before he started beating me, he said “I’ll teach you to start dating girls instead of having sex with boys.” – Back to the hospital.

    I never met a black American who was severely beaten up by white Americans. And I’ve never met anyone who understands the life-long psychological impact such violent hate crimes have on a victim. This makes for a very lonely life because no one has been through what I’ve been through.

    So dedicated was I toward achieving racial equality in this country in the early 60s, that I protested all race discrimination by my white employers (here’s where I had white privilege, by getting jobs just by applying for them), that I lost all four of them between March 1961 and April 1968–the last job I had. After the kidnapping/beating of September 1968, I was too emotionally unstable to work.

    After a year of trying to heal psychologically–this may sound crazy to most reading this–I tried to join various black organizations because I recognized the dire need for communication, for black heterosexuals to see me as a human being. But even before I got to the fact of my sexual orientation (which technically is asexual), I was told repeatedly by the heads of all black organizations “This is a black organization, we don’t have whites as members”. This attitude was brought on by the late Stokley Carmichael, Frances Cress Welsing and the growing influence of the Black Muslims. Black racists/homophobes, all of them.

    In one case, when I did mention that I was gay, the immediate response was “We don’t have that shit around here!” A comment like this, still reeling from the beatings, was a subconsciously-prompted fear reaction and I went home. I knew by the early 70s that I’d never be able to do anything with black Americans.

    I was again beaten up by black heterosexual males in July 1985. This happened because I was outside looking for an African friend who was delivering the Washington Post. I usually volunteered to help him, just because he was friendly with me.

    Just writing this and having to remember those days is leaving me very depressed and shaking. This is why victims of violent racism, violent rape, and violent anti-gay hatred don’t like to discuss what happened to them. We don’t want to remember. It’s too painful.

    There’s just way too much racism and violent homophobia in the black community for anyone to be able to do anything. Or for me to do anything.

    In my case, I don’t have any family or relatives because my parents kicked me out of the house in May 1959 for being gay. Then they went to court sometime in the 60s and legally disowned me. This is a very common thing to do with gay children–black and white. It also happens with interracial couples.

    In 1964, I met two Nigerians who were most pleasant to me. I took up the study of West Africa and every single West African I met was open, warm and friendly to me. Because of my West African studies, and keeping up with the latest events thru West African magazines I acquired, talking with Africans was always a celebration of life. Black Americans were friendly with me as well at the time, but after 1967, amongst black Americans, things changed quickly. It was called “The Black Revolution!” (It turned out to be a serious devolution in race relations in America.)

    I took a great interest in West Africa, and most of my acquaintances in the 70s and 80s were West Africans. I had no choice but to drop all concerns with black Americans. While most black Americans could not even return a “Good morning” or “How are you today”, Africans were reliably friendly to me. In a sea of so much American hatred, Africans are always an island of freedom from hate.

    This is about as far as I can write today. If we are going to somehow improve race relations in America, we MUST deal with black homophobia and racism. We must be open and honest about all phases of human relations–and we are not.

  • Chase Suðrland

    Being european is now the new original sin.

    • stubbikins

      You missed the entire point of the article.

  • Slithy Tove

    Here is my white privilege story. In 1981, I was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. I met an attractive Korean girl, and we wanted to get married. Her uncle actually went to her father, and tried to get him to prevent the marriage, because he said I was “a Caucasian barbarian”. I presume that my girlfriend married me anyway because of my “White privilege”, Not because I was a military Officer and a college graduate, and I was going to take her to the U.S., and pay for her to attend nursing school. My experience is that white privilege, and a few dollars, and not mouthing off to a policeman, will usually get me a cup of coffee.

    • he said I was “a Caucasian barbarian”.

      Wow. That’s what I call marginalization.

      My experience is that white privilege, and a few dollars, and not mouthing off to a policeman, will usually get me a cup of coffee.

      That and systemic advantages in hiring and advancement, credit, voting, health care, education, and the judicial system.

      • Slithy Tove

        You forgot to mention the part where an Asian tried to prevent my inter-racial marriage because I am Caucasian.

        • No, I didn’t. That’s deplorable, but it’s just garden-variety prejudice. What this article is talking about is a group of people being marginalized, restricted from having influence in the governance of their community because of laws or practices that discriminated against them according to their color, sexual preference, or social class.

          • Slithy Tove

            So, what color is your sexual preference?

    • Patrick James Bayham

      Society caters to black people, not white people. What do you call racist INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES like Affirmative Action, Reparation taxation, Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc.?

  • Michael

    From the start I have to take exception to something. Denying that racial profiling has no legitimate utility is both ignorant and naive. Only those who live in a fairy tale world, a desired utopia, could possibly deny that profiling has its merits. The Israelis as well as inner city LEO’s have been using racial profiling to one extent or another for years to stop crime and terrorism. I really don’t care if it offends you. Political correctness has run amok and its getting very old. I am not advocating arresting individuals based on their race but a higher level of scrutiny towards say, the Iraqi seeking entrance into the US or other western countries is not only called for but prudent. If your bleeding heart spurts a little at that concept, get over it and replace the band aid, because this unfortunately is the world we live in nowadays.

  • Michael

    As a matter of fact, I don’t see that you have included anything useful in this article. I am white, my family came here in the early 20th century, I have nothing to be guilty about. Even if my family had been here since the 17th century and owned slaves, I would have nothing to feel guilty about. No more then the present day families of the black people in Africa who sold their fellow Africans into slavery have something to feel guilty about. This is the 21st century, individual responsibility is a wonderful concept and no person or group should be made to repay the ‘sins’ of a group that occurred decades before. The very idea that modern white people owe black people some kind of reparations breeds racism in and of itself. I don’t feel guilty for the actions of someone that just so happened to have my skin color nor would I feel guilty if that person had my skin color and was directly related to me. I am a different, autonomous, free-thinking individual, how I act today is the only thing that I, or any other person, should be made to feel responsible for.

  • Adria Stark

    If the institutions are racist, then why not get rid of the system? Violence based on any prejudice is inevitable when the system is based on coercion and elevating fallible humans to impunity.

  • francis arias

    First off when you use the word RACE you have already lost the fight there is only ONE race on the planet it is the human race when YOU can get past using a misnomer created by white people with their head up their ass who are falsely attempting to blame everybody else for their own short comings then we can start talking about moving forward.

    Second I don’t believe I or you should be given preferential treatment because the same none Latino person again with their head up their ass thinks that I am not capable of succeeding on my own without their help can go well you know.

    Third I think English is the ONLY language that should be spoken in this country, its history should be the ONLY one taught as I was born in this country to immigrants who only asked on thing give me a chance not a hand out!!

    Fourth I proudly served this great nation as have many other Latino’s, Blacks, Asians, Jews, Muslims, Europeans and good old Whitey and you know what we are all AMERICANS, that is the only thing that counts!!

  • Pat Sisson

    Appreciate this: “The main problem with white guilt is that it attempts to diminish the
    spotlight aimed at issues germane to marginalized groups and redirects
    the focus to a wasteful plane of apologetics and ineffective assessment.” Reverse psychology. They never see it coming or went.

  • There is no such thing as “white privilege”, there is only rich privilege. I been white 58 years…never got me a single thing.

    • riverside

      There is definitely a such thing as white privilege. You owe a debt to humanity- the least you can do is be aware

      • Le Hunt

        Horseshit.

      • Patrick James Bayham

        fucking racist piece of shit

        • riverside

          Do you know the meaning of any of those words?

      • paul

        what debt is this then?
        can you explain please?
        white is my skin proud of my country white proud and british
        I have no guilt
        what do you expect bow down to you and keep saying sorry
        yes aware alright!
        I owe you nothing
        throw your insults all you want, I have no guilt
        if you want to look where you’re problems come, I suggest you look to the real supremacists that keep you in chains.

        • riverside

          You seem a little defensive there buddy.
          I suppose none of your privileges were built on the backs of the enslaved who were, and continue to be, treated like animals.
          There has been no proper formal or monetary recompense to Africa, the Indies, India or China by the UK for the stain of colonialism, on which it built all the free healthcare and supermarkets and schools and airlines that you’ll gorge on for the rest of your comfortable guilt-free life.
          The UK doesn’t owe the world a debt, but it damn well knows it should.

          • John

            Could you please read a decent history book. Slavery is not a exclusive black-victim and white-bully history. Slavery was around long before the atlantic slave trade all over the world. The egyptians held slaves, the romans enslaved half of europe (after gaul was invaded a slave in rome was cheaper than a amphora of wine). The biggest slavetraders and owners in history have been the muslim arabs. Tens of millions of slaves from Africa were brougt to the markets in the middle east. About 80 percent died on the way. North african muslims enslaved an estamated more than 1.5 milion (white) europeans. (Go to southern Italy some time and wonder why all the old coastal villages there are build inland on high ground). Muslims invading the indian subcontinent killed tens of millions of people and shipped of millions of slaves who died in vast numbers in the hindu kush mountains (hence the name hindu kush, meaning killer). The mongols (not white and muslim) ruled large parts of current russia, ukrain and poland for centuries. During this time their main income camem from slave raids. Millions of russians and ukranians were shipped of to the ottoman empire over these centuries. In europe however slavery was abolished (by the church) in the early middle ages, but for the americas it was made legal again in certain countries. And yes, that resulted in whites enslaving millions of blacks in the atlantic slave trade. In the end the white christian abollished slavery again. The rest of the world was still enslaving one another after that forma long time. In the 1950 ies you could still buy african slaves in saudi arabia. Mauritania abollished slavery in the 80ies. Abollishment of slavery around the world was made possible because of the whites, and nof despite the whites. I really have a verh hard time understanding your view on slavery.

            On your view that the welth in te white countries was build on the blood and swart of collonies: that is the same bull. Most european countries never had collonies. In fact, except for england the european countries that have an collonial past are now the poorest countries in western europe. The real welth of europe was created trough local trade, innovations and science. Besides can all easter. Europeans ask for guild and payments from the ottoman turks for 500 years of occupation and slavery? Can the spaniards ask for guild and payments of the noth africans collonialists that occupied theid country for 700 years?
            Can i ask the italians for compensation for their warmongering, killing and enslaving? I think not.

            Get over your self pitty and enjoy the incredible possibillities and equality for people in the western world.

    • It’s a cultural thing that doesn’t seem to work for other cultures. Some aspects of white American culture just don’t appeal to others. No idea why, since we’re all the same genetically. So it must be an issue of habits and natural inclinations brought about by centuries of common practice. If you don’t adhere to the tenets of the whole package, why would you expect to receive the same benefits? Calling it an unearned privilege, is racism.

  • An excellent article that gave me pause to think; I think it is difficult to reconcile past abuses in a society that has fundamental religious beliefs of good and evil based on punishments as necessary for moral correction. White guilt is based on the moral premise that if you harmed someone, you should be punished and this underlies the failure of reconciling the history of slavery and discrimination in America.

    There is a significant difference between black Americans who can trace slavery in their ancestry and black immigrants from Africa who came here as refugees or seeking education and employment. Yet this difference is not recognized in many American institutions, especially law enforcement. Perhaps, lacking any mechanism for reconciliation for past slavery and discrimination, increased immigration will eventually create a demographic environment that begins to diminish the intensity of institutional racism.

    Forty acres and a mule instead of sharecropping would have reduced the long term consequences of ending slavery.

  • jaxok1

    I was a white farm boy that was hauled to a middle school that was mostly black. For the first time I saw theft, fights and how racist the blacks were toward the whites. Theft, fights and clicks did happen in the all white school I attended in the country. However they were the unusual not every day as it was in the mostly black school. There were certain hallways, stairwells and wash rooms that were just no go zones for the white kids. I was taught that we were all created equal. Then I learned that maybe so but the majority of these black children were spoiling for a fight. The black males often interrupted class with rude racist remarks which were just ignored. I had a hard time focusing on learning because I had to remember to not hold eye contact, start an argument or be offensive in any way to keep from being ‘Jumped” outside of the classroom by 3 or 4 black kids. I was not ignored by the law. Once I got into trouble I was blamed for everything that happened in the neighbourhood. That is how the law works once you get the label trouble maker that is all the police remember. I acted up when my parents got divorced. Then when I decided to change my only option was to join the service and leave town. Military service taught me to be responsible and brought me into maturity. Then, yes I made some friends that were black. They were the same as me just trying to live through our time in the military. Then use the G.I. Bill to go to college.

    • brian

      We, as a society, are segregating ourselves…regardless of what the govt says is best for us and what we should do. I grew in in VA and attended a high school that was 50% black. All through elementary school and middle school, i never really noticed any clicks or racially separated groupings. Once high school hit, I was taught there were certain bathrooms not to use and stairwells also that white kids weren’t allowed in. It was hard to see my friends from middle school, who were black, no longer allowed to converse with me in public for fear of ridicule by their black peers. I never really got it. Granted, there were a few black kids that didn’t care about these ridiculous unwritten racial rules and were well liked by all. One in particular was a young man named Anthony. He was a great friend to me and my little brother. He was kicked out of his house at 16 and actually lived with my family our senior year. He never talked about his family much while he lived with us. After graduating and preparing for college (he was accepted to UVA) i asked him about his family. His reply “my father is a drunk and my mother is a lazy welfare queen who stole anything that wasnt nailed down…i left home because i wanted to make something of myself and in my culture, if i try to be successful, you’re viewed as a traitor to your race. Do you know what its like to have your family, neighbors, friends, and extended family all view you as a traitor and the white-mans lap dog all because i wanted to go to college?” It was an eye opener to me for sure. White Guilt? it’s a fairly tale told by the self hating liberals who think they somehow get brownie points by the PC police by perpetuating such make believe trite. Its a trend among these people…like purchasing carbon offset credits

      • Bill

        I don’t believe that this really happened.

  • Alan Delicious

    Sincere, you and I should have a beer together…I have been saying the same thing – minus a few items and adding a few things – to the core. White Guilt is also a form of racism. We need to band all people together against the people who cause the problems and take that fight to them. But when you have these idiotic white guilters going around saying “ahmen” to every violent or racial act by the black community BECAUSE they “are, well, black” is just adding to the problem. And the grab a cell phone and show “see, see, see! racism! poor black people!!” (when sometimes the black person is doing something wrong) is also epidemic. We need to band together and first attack the sources, second, stop attacking everyone white because most don’t do anything to harm anyone, and then third, go after the 1 percent who are perpetuating this to make us go at each other long enough we lose our civil rights (convinced of this purely based on a historical context).
    Well written and thoughtful piece, sir…you should be proud…as should everyone who knows you.
    Take care.

  • Joe

    Empathy- one of the most powerful human experiences. I had to extend empathy to myself to stop feeling white guilt. Once I no longer felt that I was at fault for the situation, I no longer felt guilty. However, this is one criticism of sociology thay I have. White guilt is an individual problem shared by many, I believe, but individual struggle is where sociology refuses to help us. Sociology teaches such big picture trends that it is easy to get lost in the mess as an individualist. I much prefer your approach, Mr. Kirabo. I wish to make a change in my environment, one that is realistic and attainable. I’m not the solution, but I can be part of the solution. Not because I believe I “should”, but because I want to. Nobody has taught me how to do that on a realistic scale in my sociology classes yet. Nor do they understand how to motivate people without using judgment or evaluation. When they use judgment and evaluation, they are as far from empathy as I am when I have white guilt.

  • anon nona

    White privilege is a lie. White privilege was a term coined by a rich White woman and used by the facist White elitists to get their way, to get power to run the country after the country tears itself apart from supposed racism by Whites. And it is working.

    After the Civil Rights Act Whites lost any so called privileges they had.
    The problems with Blacks today is not from racism, it is from the dysfunction of Blacks, the welfare state of keeping Blacks dependent on government, the attitude of getting an education is to be White, vulgar rap culture, refusing to take personal responsibility,and the list is long.
    And now Muslims are a problem.

    Now Obama had made it Carte Blanche for Blacks and Muslims to ignore laws.

    If Whites don’t bend to every whim of the facists then Whites are beaten into submission with harassment, loss of employment, hateful names, beat up.
    Free speech is gone. Any disagreement is not allowed unless it agrees with the facist progressives. Hurt feelings are now blamed on racism, homophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, and any phobia the left can throw out there. Hurt feelings are now grounds for discrimination law suits. Irrational thinking and false claims have taken over. The Constitution has been thrown away. This country will be in full anarchy soon. There will be another civil war.

    The protected classes are gays, Blacks and Muslims. All others are silenced. Whites have bent over backwards to accept diversity. Yet Whites are not allowed to keep their heritage and culture.

    I grew up in a town 99% Hispanic. I experienced racism. I am poor and can’t afford nice cars, even nice used cars. I am constantly stopped by police for drugs and/or smuggling illegals. I am profiled because of the vehicle I drive. The police are rude. Where I live it is the druggies and smugglers who drive the new expensive vehicles. I have been illegally searched, treated badly in front of my kids, accused of things I have not done. I have a clean record, never been in trouble. I finally threatened the police and Border Patrol with a law suit for profiling me. I kept records.

    I am tired of Blacks and their racist minions of destroying everything to get their way. And now muslims are doing the same. I am tired of being labeled a racist, accused of White privilege. I never had White privilege.

    Ask Al Sharpton about privilege. He owes $4.5 million in back taxes, flies around in private jets, a buddy of Obama. That is why he is not in jail. That is privilege. Ask racist Oprah Winfrey about privilege. She said old Whites need to die. Ask Louis Farrakhan about privilege…….calling for the death of all Whites…….not in prison…..that is privilege. Ask any rich famous Black…..they have more privilege than the White middle class put together. Why do rich Blacks move to wealthy areas? That are predominantly White? Why don’t rich Blacks live in Black communities? Yeah, thought so.
    There is wealth privilege, of any person of any race who is wealthy. White privilege is racist facist lies.

    Blacks have had more money given to Black programs, Black schools, Black cities, Black this and that more than any other race in this country!
    Affirmative Action, lowered testing standards, Black History Month, Juneteenth, Black Congressional Caucaus, NAACP, Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, and more.

    Why are Black run Black cities crumbling and decaying? Why are Black run cities full of corrupt Blacks who do nothing for Black people? Why do Blacks commit the most crimes? And on and on and on. Time for Blacks to quit playing the race and victim card and quit asking for money for this and that. It is not working. Nothing will work until Blacks start to help themselves and quit blaming everyone else for their problems. The racist facists don’t want the truth.

  • anon nona

    If reparations were to be paid for slavery, then everyone would owe everyone else. Every race and culture captured other races and enslaved them. Every race has been discriminated against. African Blacks enslaved their Black enemies. No, the captor was not a servant that was treated nicely to be released later, and other nonsense like that perpetrated by Blacks. Blacks enslaved Blacks and other races.

    In South Africa the dictator Mugabe, who kicked out the White people and murdered the ones who could not escape, asked Whites to come back because the country collapsed when the Blacks took over. The Blacks could not do any of the work required to keep the country running and economically profitable. Every single Black run country in Africa is in shambles. Guess who has sent the most aid? Yep, White America. Yeah, all Whites are racist……not.

    Obama had the audacity to tell African countries who were under colonial rule to quit complaining about colonialism because it is keeping them from moving forward, keeping them in a victim mentality, it is the past and time to move forward. Yet Obama will not say the same to American Blacks about slavery and racism! Why not!?

    Every single Black run Ametican city with a majority Black population is in shambles, has high violent crime, high Black on Black crime and shootings and murder. Every……single…..one.

    I forgot some other Black privilege. Martin Luther King plagerized his way through college and through the civil rights movement. His college profs kept quiet, his people kept quiet. And he never legalized his name of Martin Luther. Author Alex Haley plagerized his book Roots, and lied about his ancestry. Haley was taken to court for the plagiarism and the White judge did not want to ruin Haley so the judge told Haley to settle out of court. A documentary was done on Haley and all the networks and PBS refused to show the documentary because it told of the lies and plagiarism done by Haley.

    I have asked racist facist progressives why economically poor Whites who have crappy schools out perform middle class and upper middle class Blacks on school tests. No one can answer.

  • Scarlet Rose

    does any one know what we can do to stop systemic racism?

    if you are not sure what this means here is the defination:

    the white prejudices, sterotypes, emotions,framing,discriminatory practices, and institutions that are integral to the long term domination of americans of color.

  • A.Alexander

    “Racism is systemic” ? – of course,people is devided by races of ours and theirs.Huma relations non formal can not be regulated by “social justice”,just formal can. If we use it properly, the “color blindness” appeares.Affirmative actions of all kinds grow all sort of racisms: black, white…

    • Patrick James Bayham

      Society caters to black people, not white people. What do you call racist INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES like Affirmative Action, Reparation taxation, Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc

  • Joe

    A wise person once told me that an individual will suffer the consequences of their negative actions, but that the consequences of those actions are not bore by those who come after them. You can’t control your genes, but are 100% responsible for your actions.
    Therefore, we need to stop racism and discrimination entirely, and stop apologizing for our ancestor’s mistakes. We should learn from their mistakes and vow not to repeat them.

  • fvvdchvdcbvs

    Moment I saw ‘drop the white guilt’ I ignored the title. Harassment is real. Need diversity love acceptance and training not just gay rights fuck that shit.

  • Linda

    Fantastic article! Great job.

  • Warp

    You say that white guilt is not the answer, yet (perhaps inadvertently) you are engaging in white guilt-tripping yourself in this very article, which is both ironic and somewhat hypocritical (even if you might not be doing it on purpose.)

    First you say that white guilt is not the answer. Then you immediately proceed to write about “systemic racism”, implying that simply by being white one both helps maintain this “system” and benefits from it.

    Likewise you say that “recognize your privilege” is not about “bearing the blame”… but by not explaining what is it exactly that one should do about it that it becomes just a form of guilt-tripping. White people should be somehow ashamed of being “privileged”, even if they didn’t do anything to achieve it nor can do anything about it. If this is not white shaming and guilt-tripping, then I honestly don’t know what is.

    Your major problem, which is way too common for progressives, is that you are a collectivist, not an individualist. Instead of judging people individually, on a case-by-case basis, based on personal merit, you bunch people into groups based on things like race, and assign privileges, rights, entitlement, responsibilities, guilt and shame onto people based on which group they belong to. In other words, you judge people based on what they are, rather than who they are and what they have done. You are judging people based on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

    If you honestly think that white guilt is not the way, then perhaps you should start by looking at the mirror. Start with yourself. Stop being a collectivist. Stop dividing people and bunching them into groups based on their skin pigmentation, and treat them as individuals. Stop looking at people’s color, and look at their merits, their character.

    If you can’t do that then I’m sorry, but you are the one who is being racist. Sorry to be blunt.

  • Tracy Van Lone

    GREAT article! I am a white student – working on a math degree and teaching certificate – and trying to figure out my role, particularly in the classroom, in the fight to end racism. I had been thinking I need to work in a ‘high-need’ socioeconomically disadvantaged school when I graduate. And, while I am sure that is exactly what I will do, my reasons have changed thanks to your article. I am now hoping that my work will qualify me to lean in and influence the thoughts, actions, and future (ending) of our white supremacist system. Your article has really catalyzed my thinking about this. Thanks again. PS – I have been writing a paper about white supremacy. We need to use the word more. White supremacist hate groups are not a comprehensive definition of white supremacy. America in its entirety is the embodiment of it, unfortunately. It is a bad word – but its connotation (KKK etc.) is extremely bad. We need to start getting real about who we are as a society – we are reluctant supremacists. But we can change this.

  • Zap-yo Bich-azz

    Well your right to say whites wont immediatly admit it and try to rationalize and intellectualize the situation and I would say that is a fair thing to do. Considering the idea that white shaming and minority empowering is a brand new never before tryed in the history of the world solution to achieveing equality and is being taught like it is the absolute truth, is reason enough to think twice about whether or not white shaming is a legitament solution to achieve equality or if its going to lead to something else. White people are known for being rational and intellectual. That is why we are a secular people now. But if you tell me I need to shame my self for the monster my great great ancestors may or may not have been and that I have some sorta micro privileges in 2016 and that I should loathe my self and empower everyone else, I’m damn sure going to use my critical thinking skills to look at all the angles of what me doing that will acomplish. And I see that it is going to demonize white people so badly in the eyes of minority’s that regardless of whether the intentions of the minority’s are for equality or not. A modern day Jim crowe style white hatred from the minority’s is going to bubble up and exsplode into a civil race war in this country and the last thing that is going to come of it is equality. That’s the main reason why many whites who are totally for equality are against the idea of white shaming because why would demonizing and shaming anyone simply because of the color they were born ever be the path to equality for everyone. It’s so blantly not. Empowering and acceptance of all races is better. But demonizing and shaming any one group no matter what the reason does not make sense if the goal we are trying to achieve is the true MLK I have a dream speech kind of equality we as a nation have been striving so hard to achieve all these years.

  • Patrick James Bayham

    Liberal Democrat = PC White Guilt + Black Supremacy

    But this was a nice racist article from a Black Supremacist. Black Powa! LOL

  • Patrick James Bayham

    Society caters to black people, not white people. What do you call racist INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES like Affirmative Action, Reparation taxation, Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc.

    Stupid white guilt liberal cuck. How many black men bang your gf everyday?

    • riverside

      Read a fucking book.
      Society caters for black people? Black-advantage Institutional Policies exist because up until a certain date, black people were not accepted into educational institutions, and therefore were not sold real-estate, unable to earn, and were often in prison. They’re just trying to make reparations.
      What exactly is so hard about being white that you can’t stop crying about it?

  • Patrick James Bayham

    Advantages of Being Black:
    * Affirmative Action policies
    * Financial Reparations
    * Black-only colleges, scholarships, awards, grants, etc.

    Advantages of Being White:
    * Everyone gets to call you racist names and discriminate against you because of slavery 200 years ago.

  • Alexis Faith

    The problem I’m seeing with the use of this phrase is that there seems to be a lack of coherency in what is meant or what is expected to be done about it.