White guilt is luxury: do something

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 even my sympathy. They need good work-study jobs, sometimes tutoring, good advisors and professors, and sometimes financial support (we have a few students living in their cars). In my opinion, white people should worry less about their own guilt and more about what we can do as a society to help the people who need it. The students I meet would take a scholarship over an apology any day.

 

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