When I confess, I acknowledge my sins. Being white is not one of them.
Nor are the sins committed by other white people.
Nor will I acknowledge that "white privilege" got me to where I am because it propelled me to the head of some fanciful line. Nor will l--an old white man-- agree that accepting my whiteness will be a necessary, but courageous and powerful act, as the racism industry has declared.
Wearing sackcloth and ashes to atone for my and everyone's whiteness is not in the cards. The idea that white people should wallow in guilt over their whiteness has become so widespread it begs for someone to step forward and say it's unalloyed goofiness.
Publicly acknowledging my "whiteness" would not make a wit of difference, The only thing that bending to demands for mass flagellation by an entire race accomplishes is making professional scolds feel superior and the self-righteous brag how they have made a difference.
Just to be clear: Generations of black Americans have been crushed by slavery, Jim Crow laws, discrimination and hostility--overt and subtle. At the hands plantation owners, slave traders, bigots and fatheads of all sizes and shapes and mostly white skinned. Rising above it all has been a magnificent accomplishment for so many. Sadly, some are still in the heat of the battle and they should not be forgotten.
However, the term "whiteness" itself is bunk. If there's a "whiteness" then there must be a blackness or a yellowness or a redness or a brownness. Liberals would choke over the idea of a blackness, and rightly so.
That's because the entire idea of "race" is bogus. It is a construct now used by bigots of both sides--on one hand to make themselves feel superior to other races or on the other hand to claim they are victims of "systemic" racism. It's also useful to demographers and left-leaning social scientists (are there any others?) to glom research grants for studies that confirm their biases.
More than 100 years ago, American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was concerned that race was being used as a biological explanation for what he understood to be social and cultural differences between different populations of people. He spoke out against the idea of "white" and "black" as discrete groups, claiming that these distinctions ignored the scope of human diversity.
Science would favor Du Bois. Today, the mainstream belief among scientists is that race is a social construct without biological meaning. And yet, you might still open a study on genetics in a major scientific journal and find categories like "white" and "black" being used as biological variables.
In an article published today (Feb. 4) in the journal Science, four scholars say racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out. [Unraveling the Human Genome: 6 Molecular Milestones]
A favorite trope of progressives is to brand people who disagree with them as "anti-science." Yet how conveniently they ignore the science when it reveals the flaws of their own beliefs.
Dare I say that whatever privilege I have enjoyed arises not as much from my skin color as it does from more important things: Such as the privilege of having two parents who raised me instead of the single-parent plague that is the scourge of the African-American community. A trend emulated by the mainstream. (All hail the return of Murphy Brown!)
The idea that "white privilege" is suffocating all aspects of the black experience needs serious examination, at least, if not outright rejection. "Collective responsibility" and "group guilt" are retro ideas from decades past that have long been debunked.
Instead, they have been resurrected by a squadron of self-interested and self-satisfied practitioners of their own brand of racism. Riding the current fashion, they have risen to media, political, ideological and entertainment heights. Their response will be yet another empty personal attack, accusing me of "whitesplaining."
But they haven't done anything to bring us closer together. They're only prying us further apart.
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