The month of June, and honestly what passed of July has been filled with racial inequality, and thus, protests. The countless shootings of unarmed black men and women has led many to see, realize, and understand the reality of the legacy of systematic racism towards communities of color. This realization is necessary and honestly was a long time coming if we are going to make any progress in this country. I am pleased to witness that many, including those that lean right on the political spectrum are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, another peculiar phenomenon has risen from this journey to racial equality in the United States: white guilt. Some white people online have hopped on this trend of being sorry for being white, thinking it is the same as acknowledging their privilege. Being sorry for the actions of their ancestors. Being sorry for experiencing privilege. As a non-white person, I don't understand the point of this. No one is asking white people to be sorry for simply existing as they were born. No sane person is genuinely mad at people for being white. All people of color are asking for is for white people to acknowledge their white privilege instead of simply denying its existence. White privilege does not mean that your life was/is not hard. It simply means that the color of your skin is not what made it hard. Most white people have not had to think whether their life was in danger when being pulled over by the cops. When a white person commits a crime, he's a lone wolf. When a brown person commits a crime, all brown people are terrorists/ISIS sympathizers. White people as a whole have not had specific racial slurs used to address and dehumanize them.
So dear white people that are ridden with white guilt, stop. You are destroying the social fabric of this country, which is already in shreds. In fact, you are putting more responsibility on people of color to confirm that you are one of the "good ones", and honestly this takes precious time away from true activism. Your intentions are pure, I get it. But sincerely, don't be so hard on yourself for something you can't control; simply commit to being an overall good human.