Samantha Poelstra, Richmod, VA. I am half Czech, half German, very much white. I chose these words because I sometimes have a hard time adding to conversations about race because I have internalized guilt over the actions that others my color have committed. I sometimes feel ashamed.
Christine Miller Chicago, IL Blacks cause all their own problems then whine and cry about the results. They moved into my neighborhood and my moms and within 1 year the crime rate had started in BOTH. The property value dropped like a stone and then no one could get out.
Charles James Martinez, CA Feel the collective guilt of being white, and the responsibility to move forward in my time.
Tom Canada I honestly think it has no place in modern society.
Molly Kohler Canfield, OH
Ann Claycombe Atlanta, GA I am a middle-aged white woman working at Georgia State University, where no race is in the majority. Instead, what I see is poor students of every color – the average household income of our students is $25,000 a year. And what I’ve learned is they don’t need my pity or [...]
Bill Miller Houston, TX No liberal guilt here. I treat everyone as an individual and not as a member of a group.
Lillie Schrock Des Moines, IA
Natalie Hogan Shawnee, OK
Jessica Wright Athens, GA I have grown up denouncing my Southern birth and heritage. My parents aren’t Southern and disliked its racist past. As a white girl, who am I?
Roderick Gray Chico, CA I am as much a mixed up mutt as everyone else. When I am referred to as white, my liberal guilt kicks in, and visualize a monolithic evil race. Euro-American includes my diverse ethnic background–my slave owning ancestors as well as the multitude of working poor ancestors for whom existence was [...]
Susan (Sooz) Stahl Seattle, WA
Jessica Kornstein Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan After talking about diversity and race in our class, I have felt nothing but guilt when hearing about the inequalities and unfortunate circumstances of people of color or different races. I have become well aware that being white means being privileged. I feel guilty [...]
Anonymous Am I allowed to have an opinion
Anon Ymous Charlotte, NC “Replaced slavery chains with entitlement chains” As a white with guilt, all I can say is: I’m so sorry, twice…
Jeff Cook Folsom, CA Will have this conversation until resolved.
Lindsey Lovel Columbus, OH Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
J Wildman Saint Louis, MO I grew up in a household where we were basically allowed to develop our own opinions about prejudice. I’ve never been a racist. My prejudice of choice was against gay men. Something that I’m still ashamed of having felt, even though I’ve since let that go. When I became an [...]
Cindy Castevens Winston Salem, NC I’m white, and feel ashamed about my color every time I’m around black folks whom I don’t know. I think of all my ancestors and my race did to Blacks, and I’m ashamed and horrified. This guilt makes it hard for me to just be myself around Black people most [...]
Anonymous MA I’m white and I know that the feelings of discomfort/guilt I get sometimes from thinking about race are really not serious problems. Discomfort is nothing compared to what has happened to Trayvon Martin and more kids like him.
Sarah Kerson Ann Arbor, MI
Math Professor Ft. Lauderdale, FL