White Americans are taught in religious circles that "Moderation in all things" is the way to be a humane, engaged, and wise human being. But in matters of race, moderation is not the solution--it is the problem. White Americans must ignite within themselves a fire of determination to not only take responsibility for making racism at every level die, but also responsibility to "do their own work," following the example of the group of white people from St. Louis in the video who are doing just that in their examination of their own white guilt, white shame and white exceptionalism, with the goal of naming it, forgiving themselves for it, and vowing to spend the rest of their lives challenging it whenever they hear it from the lips of others or see it in the actions of others. One person in the St. Louis group is not there yet, at the point in time when the film was taped--she is still in denial. But she is there, and that is best first step, in the company of other white people who have had their eyes opened to these often overlooked peripheral forms of racism in themselves.
Moderation is a fine rule for many things in life. But when something is as morally and ethically out of control as the attitude of many white Americans in 2020 about race relations, particularly their incessant insisting on perpetuating an uneven playing field on which persons from racial minorities are treated as subservient or not as good as the white race, it is wrong to remain moderate. It is wrong to have minimal or moderate interest in the subjects of race and racial equality. It is wrong to continue to deny that you have personally benefited from a social structure that continues to put racial minorities at a disadvantage. It is wrong to justify your own behavior and attitudes about race because you want to be perceived as "one of the good guys."
White people are all guilty. White people with conscience are ashamed. White people cannot exclude themselves from the atrocities, the violence and the contemptuous sense of entitlement and false superiority that have been carried out time and time again throughout history to oppress racial minorities--just because they did not fire the gun, use the brute force, deny the rights, speak the disrespectful words, jokes and names. If you are white, you are no exception. If any white person inflicts such pain and suffering on a person of another race, we are all culpable, and it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to right the wrong as close to time of its happening as is humanly possible.
All things in moderation is not enough. It is time for every white person to take responsibility for the crimes of the past and present, and to get loud in our demand for positive change in the way people from racial minorities are made to feel--safe, not fearful; equal, not less than; loved, not hated; and to take action each and every time an injustice toward a member or members of a racial minority is being played out before our eyes.