What are your thoughts about white exceptionalism, guilt, and shame? Have you felt that way? Have you been driven by toxic white guilt?
I'm guilty of white exceptionalism. Before beginning this training, I believed myself to be neutral on race - not contributing to racial equality directly, but also not acting in a racist or discriminatory way. Now I've learned that this non-racist thinking is harmful, and I need to become an ally and think and act in anti-racist ways. Previously I believed that racism was perpetuated by a small minority of backward-thinking, bigoted, racist white people. Now I know that I'm a part of the problem too, and I will have to continue to be aware and learn about our racist society and how I can be more anti-racist throughout my life.
I can see why white guilt and shame can be a motivator to act. The guilt and shame I feel has motivated me to start learning and reflect on myself and my own racism, and how I can do better. However, I'll have to monitor myself to make sure that it doesn't become toxic and result in the kind of performative anti-racist false allyship our facilitator mentioned in the video.