Hi Tim, thanks for reading.
Unfortunately that response seems to ignore what I’ve actually written in favor of a caricature of what it imagines “liberal” people must believe. To address each point:
- This piece is specifically about how each of us is responsible for racism. We didn’t choose to be born into this system, but here we are.
- This is silly. I’ve lived in urban and rural places, and I’ve never been dumb. I have, however, interacted with many more different kinds of people in urban environments, which is to be expected.
- I don’t believe in white guilt. Here’s something I wrote in another essay about the extremely common misconception that calls for social justice are about white guilt: “Let’s be clear about one thing: Coming to terms with the fact that I will never be fully free of my white supremacy is not the same thing as accepting a burden of shame, guilt, or self-pity. No one is asking for my shame, nor yours. Self-pity and shame are selfish, narcissistic responses to the problem of white supremacy, and if you’re experiencing these emotions in the context of a conversation about race, it’s likely a sign that you’re centering your own feelings at the expense of someone else’s.”