I really have to do constant work to check my ego in regards to white exceptionalism.
"One of the good ones" is a phrase I probably would have loved to hear, because it would have stroked my ego. Now that I have done deeper work, I see that every choice I make in my life, everything I'm surrounded by, every circle I am a part of can be checked for racism. I must interrogate everything, and in fact, I must also admit the ways in which I am entrenched in certain behaviors or systems that uphold racist policies. I am not the exception. I am just trying to do my best to pull back the curtains and make a difference.