White people are dragging around so much internalized self-loathing, so much destructive ill-will towards their own beating hearts. If we believe we are still so privileged and powerful and in control of society, we ought to be taking better care of how we treat ourselves who have such impactful social responsibility. We are terrified by our own basic human longing for any form of ancestrally rooted normal ethnic identity that actually feels something tender about our Whiteness for once, instead of a plague that needs to be destroyed, because we don't yet believe that love can overcome hatred, do we? We still believe that somebody needs to suffer, and that we can become politically pure and racially redeemed by throwing each other under the bus in the name of social justice to signal displays of sacrificial virtuosity. We police and shame each other into reactionary, fear-based self-disowning purity. We are perpetuating racist hatred upon ourselves, not yet having fully realized that treating ourselves like ethnic scum both perpetuates the myth of our exceptional uniqueness among all human ethnicities but also exacerbates racially-charged grief and deep, dangerous distrust in our nations.
Gentle J. Pine
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