I’m not sorry that I’m white. More often than not here on Tumblr, I see posts by people who aren’t white and who are members of a group affectionately known as ‘Social Justice Warriors’ (even though SJW is now used as an insult) telling white people to ‘check their privilege’. On top of that, I see a lot of bullying of individual white people* (yes, white people can be bullied! -le gasp-). And for no other reason except that they happen to have been born white. Just as homosexuals don’t choose their sexuality, trans* people don’t choose their gender, NOBODY chooses what their skin color is going to be. Let me be clear- yes, there is a specific sort of elite position that white people (as a generality) are given over those who aren’t white. And at the very same time, I do my best to explain this to people when they are acting superior due to their skin color, and I do what I can to prevent that superiority complex from becoming anything more than one individual opinion. HOWEVER- I didn’t own slaves. i don’t actively (or passively for that matter) work to institutionally/systematically prevent the success or survival of any person. And I treat everyone the same, regardless of gender, skin color, sexuality, religion, etc. By you telling me that my opinion doesn’t matter because I’m white, or that I should die because I happen to be caucasian, you are furthering that hate that exists between white and non-white people. Yes, it does exist; but hate breeds more hate. So no, I’m not sorry that I’m white. And I’m not going to give anyone special recognition, privileges, rights, or accommodation because I’m white and they’re not. I work my ass off just like anyone else, and my being white has nothing to do with it (no, I didn’t get my job because I’m white. I got my job because I was suitable for the job, I was recommended, and I impressed my bosses with my long list of accomplishments that I did on my own with no help of privilege. My family didn’t own slaves- historically, we were broke as fuck.
So no. I’m not going to apologize for that.
What I WILL apologize for is the fact that you may be treated like less of a person due to your skin color. I’m sorry that someone out there is shallow and dumb enough to think that you are any less of a person or any less relevant because you aren’t white. I am sorry that your life may be hindered or affected by the fact that there are idiotic, racist people in the world. And I certainly am sorry that it doesn’t seem to be changing much. But no, I will not bow down, back out or fade to darkness because of my skin color. My opinion is just as valid as yours. And you are just as valid as I am. You matter.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr.