There's a big difference between someone saying they don't have white guilt, and saying that white people have done nothing wrong. Obviously, there are terrible people of every demographic, but when you start painting with broad strokes and acting as if people should feel bad for their ethnicity alone, that makes you the racist.
Either you don't have white guilt because you don't believe POC are being discriminated against or you know they are and you don't care. The ones who don't know are ignorant; the ones who don't want to accept it are, too. No one said people should feel bad about their ethnicity alone. There are people out there being shot, being sent package bombs, abducted and lynched, simply because of the color of their skin. This after hundreds of years of open racism in this country, the make it great againers are trying to act like it's not happening. If you're white and you look at my prior meme and feel no empathy then you, my friend, are the racist. Just admit it already and move on.
I do, in-fact, feel a great deal of empathy for the meme you posted, and am greatly insulted that you would associate me with such terrible acts of racism. Please know that I intend to call out and oppose racism wherever I find it, because like most reasonable people, I know just how backwards and terrible it is.
It seems to me that you and I have many of the same values in this regard, but are divided by a difference in understanding on what exactly "white guilt" means. I assumed that it refers to guilt-by-association, whereby Caucasians are compelled to feel guilty for their skin color just because some people with the same skin color as them did very terrible things. If you understand "white guilt" to mean something different then that, then I would love to hear your side of things and learn something new. If you hold to the same definition that I do, and still think that I am wrong to oppose the idea of white guilt, then I am afraid that this discussion will be going nowhere.
I don't associate you personally with anything. I don't know you. I wasn't referring to you in particular as I was to anyone reading my comment. Often the ones who claim white people have done nothing wrong are the same ones with no white guilt. I believe if someone can look at my meme and not feel a twinge of guilt for the privilege they enjoy, knowing that POC are having 911 called on them for simply waiting at a Starbucks or barbecuing in the park, and that these kinds of things will never happen to them *because they're white* then something is seriously wrong. I wasn't referring to the fake over-dramatic defense of POC which mask feelings of inner racism. I was responding to the meme of the guy in the field and all the other openly racist memers on this site, who hate POC, make racist memes ridiculing them, know that white privilege exists, and feel no guilt about it whatsoever.
I think you have the right idea at heart, but are somewhat misinformed. I will not deny that racism is still a problem, and that many black people are mistreated for no reason besides the color of their skin. I strongly oppose this, and will stand side-by-side with you to fight it. That said, I think that chasing down white privilege is a waste of time and distracts from the more important cases of blatant racism.
In America, we have finally reached a point where there is no systemic advantage to being white. Any advantages that white people may still have are only due to cultural or individual preferences, and there are only two ways to fight those: the first is creating laws against thought crimes (which would be absolutely terrible), the second is to graciously reason with people (which would require more patience and less accusations).
If you wish to support real equality and make a difference (and I believe you do), then I would suggest that you stop preaching about the terrors of white privilege, and start supporting free, privately-managed, volunteer-powered education for people in rougher neighborhoods. The inequality you see is (in most cases, not all) not from the color of people's skin, but from cultural and educational differences.
I must admit that these are points of advice that I am still learning to follow. I'm doing what I can to learn, but I still have a long way to go.
Yea, I'm not chasing down anything. I just responded to a meme with another meme. And for that you called me a racist. Now, I'm not sure if my meme offended you. It wasn't even directed at you. And while I appreciate your effort to educate me on white privilege and the reasons for racial inequality in this country, I have to let you know that as a POC myself, I know a lot about both topics. If you can look at what's going on in our government right now, specifically at the racial makeup of the White House cabinet and the interns, and see what's going on around our country and still think that white privilege is about POC not being educated enough to rise to the bar that white people have set in this society, then you're the one who's misinformed.
I work with underprivileged kids and immigrants and have for years. They're not all stupid and uneducated. Nor are they so stuck in their culture they can't hang with the big white boys. The roadblocks are out there. I've seen people at tech companies throw resumes straight into the trash because the applicant was black. I've seen intelligent young kids get called wetback by white kids and they weren't even Mexican. The inequality in this country is a framework that was set up a long time ago. This is why MAGA is such a despicable movement and why white supremacy is rearing its ugly head again. But it's just too much to go into here so I'll keep doing what I'm doing and you can have a good night.
I'm sorry for accusing you. I realized after a few posts just how untactful that was. It's funny, I laugh at how easily different people get offended, and then get offended easily myself. Thank you for showing me my hypocrisy.
That said, please know that I am in no way a white supremacist. I know that racism is still a problem. I know that there is more to it than just education. I think you and I might actually have a lot of the same ideas, but I was just triggered because I misinterpreted what you said, and read into the situation too much.