I’m a living apology, I’m sorry.

photo-1Annaleis Thibault,
Bolton, MA.

As a white, middle class american, I feel as though I owe reparations for the crimes committed by my ancestors.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • Akuin

    Agreed. I’ve always been told I’m naturally racist, I don’t understand injustice, I don’t understand anything. I’m white, I’m straight (bi actually). I owe everyone, and should bow to everyone else.

    What people don’t see is I’m mentally disabled. If I have a people it’s a people of all races. Those who suffer mental disability. My people are still fighting for human rights all around the world. my people didn’t get rights in the US until 1990.

    I live in a small town of mostly white folks. And they are the major criminals, the drug dealers, addicts, thieves, drunk drivers. I can only safely drive my vehicle from 6am to 9pm every day. Anywhere outside that time I will be followed by the police.

    I have been pulled over and falsely ticketed because the officer was hoping to get a drug bust, and when he had nothing he wrote down that I failed to stop at a stop sign. I could have fought it, but my family member in the police told me to pay the fee and take the class, because they would make my life hell if I got the ticket over turned.

    I am not racist, I do not owe anyone an apology. I know what injustice is like, and I should not be forced to feel like I’m a lesser being because of the actions of my ancestors.

  • Meaghan Lyric Perez

    We are shooting a documentary for a Major Cable Network and are looking for people (must appear to be 16-24) who can and want to openly talk about race and how it affects them.

    If you have a unique story about how your race affects you in social situations, email a photo of yourself, your age, and a brief description about your race issue to racedoc (at) punchedinthehead (dot) com

    We will be traveling to communities and colleges to discuss the idea of race and how it affects us in different ways.

    *This is for MTV’s anti-bias “Look Different Campaign”, and will be joining with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist/filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, to explore how young white people are tackling issues of race in modern day America.

    MTV is seeking young people who are dealing with current situations in their lives, which are forcing them to examine their feelings on race. This is a groundbreaking event that will offer an outlet for young people to express themselves openly, and be received with respect.

  • escabrosa1 .

    What are you sorry for? You are not responsible for any crimes or offenses your ancestors may have committed. I’m white and have ancestors who were abolitionists who put their lives on the line for equality. Can I take credit for their heroic actions? Of course not! The best I can do is learn from their lead. The way you and I behave and treat other people is how we should be judged, not by the actions of our ancestors.

    • barry irving

      …not everyone can say that if you know America’s founding Financial institutions and general local and national history. There are members of the White race who benefit socially, politically and financially from the former institution of Slavery. To say that I wasn’t born then so I’m not connected to it is untrue. If you enjoy a lifestyle and finances that can be traced directly to human bondage, then you at least have a duty to give something back. All white people are beneficiaries of the fact that the founding fathers had no plan for people of color as part of the American fabric. Because of that fact, social / political advantages are built into the system including LAW of all types. White Privilege is not “as prevalent”,

      …BUT IT IS STILL AN ISSUE BECAUSE WHITES ARE 50%+ OF THE POPULATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LAWS ARE IMPLEMENTED AND SUSTAINED FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR AGAINST THE WHITE MAJORITY WHO WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR RACIAL DISPOSITION VOLUNTARILY AS A WHOLE!

  • Ritzy101

    Whatever “crimes” you’re thinking of, you weren’t around when they happened so you bear no personal responsibility for them. All you “owe” anyone is the courtesy that decent people show to others. The skin color game only perpetuates a victim mentality. Those who buy into it may try to shame you, but the truth is it’s who you are as an individual that counts.

  • barry irving

    …Sorry doesn’t cut it…be the example of a compassionate, empathetic and sympathetic person…guilt cripples and you’ll resent it at some point!

    • barry irving

      …MY COMMENT WAS NOT TO YOU.. it was to Annaleis. she does have it. your comment sounds confused and bottled up…maybe you should examine your thoughts and try to re read her comment and mine. Nobody’s on your page.

  • barry irving

    … careful what you state…you owe nothing but to have compassion if you are concerned. You can’t pay anyone much less the African American people reparations…you don’t have it like that ( it’s not your individual responsibility ) and you are only one. Each one teach one…compassion and empathy go a long way with humans!

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