1. White exceptionalism is a non-racist posture, and the goal for my white brother and sisters is to be anti-racist. White exceptionalism suggests that whites are extraordinary and are therefore superior. This also seems to be part of the fabric of the American society. From the founding, white Americans have believed plentiful land and opportunity combined with “God’s Providence” had blessed them as a people. This creates a hierarchy where they are always in top. I keep going back to how insecure a person or race must be to have the desire and act out on this desire to place themselves on top! As far as white guilt and white shame go, my feelings are pretty simple: begin with therapy so you can talk through what that guilt and shame mean, thenbegin acting, to be part of the change.Equality doesn’t happen overnight, with the legacy of racism just vanishing. It’s commendable to acknowledge and appreciate one’s privilege. It’s a disgrace to leave it at that and not put that privilege to good use. This is more like a call to action to those who do not identify as BIPOC.
2. For the white allies reading this, your solidarity is appreciated, and I hope you keep reading this.
As a woman of color, rather than address how I am an ally, I am choosing to provide information that can, if one desires, change the way allyship is viewed. Allies are wonderful to have, yet there is more than can be done. Being an accomplice is the ask. According to Colleen Clemens (2017), "an ally will mostly engage in activism by standing with an individual or group in a marginalized community. An accomplice will focus more on dismantling the structures that oppress that individual or group – and such work will be directed by the stakeholders in the marginalized group". This is true advocacy as it demonstrates more than a knowledge base, but action toward dismantling white supremacy/racist ideal/systemic racism.
3. Again, the work of white people are doing be taking part in this training is admirable.
The thing that I will share is how harmful colorblindness is. The video did a great job of talking about the issues, and I would add that being color blind/color mute removes part of the identity of a BIPOC. It’s like removing the very thing that makes us as a people resilient and unique, in an effort to be more comfortable and homogenous. Homogeny isn’t the goal. The goal is to reach a place of acceptance, not tolerance, and becoming an accomplice.
4. “Critiquing racism is not activism. Changing minds is not activism. An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change. If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist
“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.” ― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist
Silence serves no one. Do not feed the silence.
Lean into the discomfort.
It is through discomfort that significant growth occurs.