Once again, I am grateful for the language to facilitate change. White exceptionalism is not a term that I knew. It is something that I have thought. It was my way of thinking throughout my school days, and even throughout college. It was not until I was in a post-graduate class on diversity many years ago that I started to see the bigger picture. Unfortunately, my "life got in the way" of going as deeply with the work as I wish I had. Although this point in time is incredibly disturbing, I find hope that I, and many others, are becoming aware of the deep work that we need to do individually and collectively. I am now starting to see the puzzle for what it is, and am on board with wrestling with my own challenges and speaking out as an ally again and again. This deep work is not different than any other transformation. We start (individually and/or collectively) seeing the tip of the ice berg. If/when we are ready, we recognize the actual enormity of the problem, and then we start to dive in to the root, time after time, after time.