I am a 29 year old white female. And I've found the best way for me to help my black brothers and sisters is to educate my sphere of influence (mostly white people). However, I have been having a hard time educating and sharing this knowledge with other white people who I find get very defensive over the smallest things. Recently, this came up when I posted a quote about taking down statues and a young white male commented that if we were going to take down the statues of "imperfect" white men, why not make it "fair" and take down the statues of non-whites who were "imperfect". I have a very hard time understanding why white people are getting so defensive, especially as a white person myself. So when the video talked about how whites' identity is freedom, which leads to ownership over freedom and entitlement...it made a LOT of sense. It explains why white people are so protective of their guns. My father has literally told me that the minute they try to take away our guns, our country is no longer free. It explains why white people are refusing to comply in public health strategies to decrease the coronavirus (wearing masks, reopening businesses, etc.). It explains why white mothers are flocking to anti-vax communities, homeopathic remedies (essential oils anyone?) and deny science. I still need to reflect on this...but I believe it to be accurate in my experience as a white woman. The other thing that resonated with me was talking about how white people don't have their own culture and it is leading to an identity crisis. Because if white identity/culture = freedom, then white people feel attacked when others are trying to also achieve freedom. This explains a lot about myself in that I have always clung tightly to my German family recipes, share my mother's maiden name with others because it "sounds very German", and became upset that my grandmother who grew up speaking French, did not pass that on to her children and grandchildren. I have learned a lot about myself, and the white community as a whole just from this simple idea. And it also helps me understand how I can then help educate people in my community about systemic racism, privilege, and our own sense of identity crisis as a race.