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(23,945 posts)
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 01:57 PM Aug 2020

Try this again.

I'm ashamed of my white privilege.

There. Fixed it.

As a white woman of means, I know it likely will not be i, who will succumb to COVID, police brutality, nor systemic oppression.

Doing what I can. Knowing its not enough.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(112,970 posts)
1. I don't think it's helpful to be ashamed of it, but it's essential to be aware of it
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:02 PM
Aug 2020

and to act accordingly. Shame can be paralyzing.

In It to Win It

(7,605 posts)
2. I don't think white people have to be ashamed of white privileged
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 02:12 PM
Aug 2020

Acknowledging that it exist and it’s a problem that needs to be fixed is a start.

Well-meaning white people don’t have to be ashamed of it. You’re using a system the way it’s built. It’s not your fault. It was built long before any of us were born. I just ask that you help correct the issue.

It would be your fault (and I’m using “your” generally) if you know that white privilege exist and pretend it doesn’t. If would be your fault if you’re helping to keep a system based on white supremacy in place because it works for you. It doesn’t help to say it’s “capitalism” or the “free markets” that white people generally are more well off or are more like to have economic security or higher social status over people of color.


(14,118 posts)
3. People who survive can help others to survive too. Don't be ashamed of white privelege or
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 04:41 PM
Aug 2020

being white. It's not like anybody gets to choose who they are. Nobody needs to be ashamed of having means. There's no inherent fault in being who you are or what you have, the fault is in not using it in a supportive, positive way.


(53,410 posts)
4. All we have to do as whites is acknowledge
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 04:56 PM
Aug 2020

that we have benefitted from white privilege at the expense of all people of color and throw that entire practice concept out and demand and work for true equality for all races.

It’s time to change our institutional norms. I always thought Equal Opportunity was helping level the playing field to some extent but then the Republicans stopped it, supposedly because it wasn’t needed anymore. I knew at the time that stopping it would create the problems we have now. And sure enough.

And I’m squarely on the side of Restitution. White’s created the problems we’re in the throes of grappling right now. We have to do much more than just stop the causes of poverty and inequality.


(23,945 posts)
5. These comments are so great, and appreciated.
Sat Aug 29, 2020, 07:10 PM
Aug 2020

I am FEELING something. It feels like shame. I don't know what to name it.

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