Most conversations about racism with White people end with: “Well, how am I supposed to fix it? Quit my job? Sell my house? Give all my money to Black people?”
I think this question reveals the reason White people resist opening our eyes to racism. The perceived choices are:
- White people are all horrible evil monsters who should feel guilty every time we enjoy anything ever.
- White people can only be perceived as good if we fix racism by 5pm today.
For White people, our Step 1 is unconditionally acknowledging racism existed, exists, and will persist if not acknowledged. We won’t worry about Step 2 yet. We’ll just work on Step 1. We’ll know when we’re ready for Step 2.
Racism will persist if not acknowledged.