As protests erupt across the world about police brutality against African Americans, racist borders around white countries, Donald Trump, and white supremacy, the majority of white people remain silent about these issues, and overwhelmingly support Trump in many polls. The reality is, white people have a deep seated guilt about slavery, colonialism, racism and the crusades, and they prefer to sweep the sins of their ancestors under a rug, rather than discuss them openly. But this silence breeds hate and division, and people of color are now demanding that white people speak openly about their past sins, and start doing something to make things right.
It’s understandable why the majority of white people cannot bring themselves to discuss their privilege and oppressive history openly. Their burning guilt is so strong that it must feel overwhelming, and their sins are so atrocious that they most likely fear the repercussions. But people of color are merciful and forgiving, and they are willing to spare white people who get on the knees, admit their sins and beg for forgiveness. One can almost feel sorry for white people willing to submit themselves to this level of humiliation, and maybe these people should be let off the hook somewhat, as long as they pay reparations taxes. However, the white people who still refuse to admit their privilege and continue to go about their business proudly, as if they owe nothing to millions of oppressed people of color, deserve no mercy. When people of color finally become a majority in Western countries, their justice will be swift and brutal against the whites who steadfastly refuse to check their privilege.
Whites need to start openly admitting how blessed they are, discuss their deep seated guilt, and start asking people of color how they can possibly make up for the terrible deeds of their forefathers. We need to have group therapy sessions, where white people get on their knees and cry about their sins, while people of color sit with their arms crossed, grilling them, asking them how they feel about their crimes, and saying snarky self-important things like “So what are you going to DO about it??”. Only through an open, honest dialog like this can we finally get to the bottom of this issue and settle race relations once and for all. But until whites are willing to do this en-mass, the protests will continue and the guilting will never stop.