What are your thoughts about white exceptionalism, guilt, and shame? Have you felt that way? Have you been driven by toxic white guilt?
I can own feelings of white exceptionalism and guilt. Also shame about my family's racist roots. My father managed a business that used a lot of black men for lower level work. His talk about those men upset me even as a child, though I had no power then to confront him. My mother also used racist language and it wasn't until I was in my teens that I even understood what she was saying to us. I am not aware of acting out of toxic white guilt, but will continue to reflect to see if that in fact has occurred.