July 4, 2020
The Myth of 'White Guilt'
Purely out of curiosity, I attended a series of local library seminars dealing with racism, entitled "Conversations in a Brave Space," held in cooperation with the local League of Women Voters and a local university. The topical sessions dealt variously with bias, oppression, privilege, and most recently, Black Lives Matter. The content was unsurprising, as was the makeup of the attendees -- white and comfortable, reflecting the town itself. What was striking was the level of guilt among these participants. The hand-wringing was palpable. The confessions were effusive. The apologies were abject. These were people burdened with white privilege, and they despair over what to do about it. I do understand their predicament. It is impossible for them now to adopt an ascetic life and devote their passions to working remedies full-time, on the streets, within their affected communities. Yet they resent what they possess because, in their view, they possess it unjustly ---...(Read Full Article)