Should I apologize that I am white? Should I apologize that I am a male on top of my whiteness? I realize that my skin color has opened invisible doors for me, yet I’ve never asked for those doors to be opened up for me. I realize that my skin color has given me a built in benefit of doubt when it comes to law and order, yet I’ve never asked for that benefit of doubt. Should I have a sense of white guilt because my ancestors may or may not have owned slaves? To me, it seems like a lot of white people go out of their way to placate anybody from a different racial or ethnic background. That is a backwards way of approaching things. By placating those from differing backgrounds we are doing nothing more than perpetuating a sense of entitlement and the “necessity” to feel a sense of white guilt. At the same time, the flames of inferiority are being fueled in those that have different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Sure, in the moment, they may feel a sense of gratification or equality, but those feelings will quickly fade when taken out of the situation. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that there should be no equality, it is quite the opposite. Everybody, any and everywhere are entitled to fair and equal treatment. What I am saying is that by having a sense of white guilt, or feeling that we have to apologize for receiving special treatment that we don’t ask for, we will not progress as a society. We will continue to feed into the cycle of inequality that permeates all around us. The only difference among is our perception of others. And, our perception is shaped by our thinking. If we continue to think in our old worn out way, things will continue to stay the same.
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