What are your thoughts about white exceptionalism, guilt, and shame? Have you felt that way? Have you been driven by toxic white guilt?
I was not familiar with the term white exceptionalism before this module, but I do think that I am guilty of it. I have thought of myself as an ally who is already doing good antiracist work, and perhaps doing better than other white people that I know. I really need to reframe the way that I think about antiracist work - the work is not about me or how well I'm doing or how good of an ally I am. It's not an ego boost. It's not about self improvement. It's literally about getting rid of systemic racism and fighting for racial justice. It's about liberating Black people. That needs to be my focus.