Locksley Berkeley has a few thoughts on privilege and guilt (note that entire article is not for children as the writer relates her own history):
Personally, I have never had a moment of white guilt in my life. Now this is a significant statement given that I am Jewish and from New York. I feel guilty about pretty much everything!
But I feel guilty about what I do — or don’t do. If I inadvertently hurt a friend’s feelings, if I am ill-mannered to a clerk, if I disappoint my husband, I can find myself drowning in a sea of guilt and shame.
But guilt because of the color of my skin? Guilt because some white person in 1960s Selma, Alabama refused to allow a black person into his restaurant? Guilt because while my relatives were being raped and pillaged in Russia, a small minority of white people owned slaves (as did, by the way, some free slaves)? I might as well feel guilty about the train wreck that is Casey Anthony simply because she and I share the same race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Should we not judge people based on what they say and do and not what wavelengths of light they absorb? It would almost seem as though I’ve heard something of this sort before, something about a day coming when people might: “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Unfortunately, we not only seem to not be moving toward a colorblind America, but we are actually saying that colorblindness is a disease, a disorder, something which is treatable. We must recognize that this person is darker (lighter, whatever) than that person and we must treat them accordingly. And, since we will never be able to pay the debt which is owed–since it really cannot be cleanly quantified, well, then, we’ll just keep on paying the debt.
But what about right and wrong and well, human decency?
But I don’t want an apology because of white privilege or black privilege, or any such nonsense — but because it is wrong to molest, mug, or otherwise violate another human being — no exceptions! This has nothing to do with race but everything to do with about human decency and consideration.
But in Obama’s America, there’s little human decency to be found. The rules have changed, and they consist of the new three Rs: rage, revenge, and reparations. And this malignant game of Blaming Whitey will go on and on until we call it what it is (hate), walk away from the table, and refuse to play.
Hatred lies at the core of most (perhaps all) wrongs which are perpetrated by one human against another. This is exactly why I am against hate crimes laws: they are redundant, among other things.
All of us live where we find ourselves. Or, to put it in common terms: we are all playing with what was dealt to us. For us to rage against that or to live in envy because we think that someone else got a better hand is to waste our lives in hatred and bitterness and envy and to teach our children to do precisely that themselves.