White Guilt?

Posted: June 18, 2013 in General

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What is White guilt?

I don’t know what White guilt is, but I do know that it is a different experience for different people. I don’t feel that I carry White guilt anymore, but yes I did at one time, and more on that later. I am proud of my Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Polish, and 22-25% of *inconclusive heritage. Unfortunately I was raised in a household without too many customs relating back to any one culture. I feel a deep loss because of this, but its probably because we are so muddled with different European bloodlines that there is not really one culture that could dominate in my family. Some…

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  1. Domica says:

    Damn, this’ll wake you right up on a Tuesday morning. Very thought provoking piece. Its not at all PC, and I love it.

    • DesiBjorn says:

      Right! That’s why I had to reblog this joint. I felt the writer was keeping 100. Not making excuses and not denying the truth.

      But what do you think about “white guilt”?

      • Domica says:

        It’s hard to say…
        I can’t speak on ‘White Guilt’ as much as I can speak on all types of guilt and their endless supply of uselessness. Guilt in any form maims the soul, body, and mind. Though atrocities were committed against Africans, and African-Americans, and though there are injustices happening on this very day that would make any color feel guilty, I still don’t feel that a heaping portion of guilt will do anyone any good.

        Whether useless or not, I know that white guilt is real; I’ve seen it in their eyes. Does that sound too harsh? All I mean is that when ‘white guilt’ is a present emotion in the room, I can tell. And it’s never had the intended desired effect on me that it was supposed to.

        And there’s Black Guilt, too–don’t sleep… I feel guilty every time I see a black man dunk on white man, and I think ‘geez, he never had a chance’. lol

        And there’s Green Guilt–for everything I forgot to recycle (or even what my ancestors forgot to, to keep it consistent).

        There must be a Blue Guilt, about fish or maybe about our mistreatment of the ocean… The list can go on and on.
        The point I’m getting at is that guilt is the most useless emotion; it’s almost always experienced when it’s too late to make a change. And it’s a selfish one, too. ‘Look at me”, guilt says, ‘I’m such a good person because I feel bad for what I’ve done’.

        Instead of feeling bad, feel empowered–to teach, to live well, to heal, to stand up for injustices, and to never let it happen again. This is much, much more challenging than making a pouty face.

        I can’t help the length of this… I’m a writer:)

      • DesiBjorn says:

        Domica take as much length as you need anytime. I want this blog to be a place of uninhibited intelligent discourse.

        That said, I think you brought up a couple of good points regarding “White guilt.” The first is that it is something that can be felt. We know it when we fell it. The other good point is that, I think, more often than not, it doesn’t have the intended affect. Which is why I think it is so awkward for both parties when it is present.

        I find myself often feeling bad for the person asserting their awhile guilt because on the one hand I know they are attempting to acknowledge a harsh truth but then it is also evident that they aren’t quite sure why they feel guilty, or its superficial and based of the the modern political incorrectness of racism. It’s like an extension of the same ignorance that produces racism because it ignores the truth because of fear.

      • Domica says:

        … and isn’t it energy wasted? Oh, how heavy a burden guilt is to bear! And carry this… for what?
        It’s smoke and no fire; it’s an all-you-can-eat-buffet of disgusting food.

  2. Thank you, I am honored that you re-blogged my post.

    I believe we have a right to feel guilt, but I feel it is more productive to do something positive like educate yourself about all the forms of discrimination in America today, and find a way to interrupt racism instead of feeling guilty about it. My professor likes to say If you aren’t part of the solution; you are part of the problem, and I have taken this to heart, and it has become my motto.

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