What are your thoughts about white exceptionalism, guilt, and shame? Have you felt that way? Have you been driven by toxic white guilt?
I think the idea of white exceptionalism, of 'it's ok, I'm one of the good ones', has definitely influenced my interaction with issues of race over the years. I feel more aware now that I can't just be passive about standing up to racism. Having said that, I also know that calling someone out on their racism does not fit with who I am - I tend to avoid conflict, so I don't know how I'm going to balance this out!
Guilt and shame are definitely strong emotions I've experienced, especially recently with the protests and the injustices in the US, but also here in the UK as well. I feel bad, wrong, for being part of the system and being able to take so many things for granted because I am the accepted colour. I feel overwhelmed at the amount of healing/mending that needs to be done.