Why Does Talking About Racism & Slavery Make White People “Ashamed To Be White”?

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I’ve seen comments like this under many posts on social media and videos on YouTube that talk about racism and the racist history of America. Whenever a conversation about racism and slavery in America is being had, there’s always a white person saying that talking about that makes them “ashamed to be white”.

I will share a few articles I found talking about white people saying this as proof, in case someone doesn’t believe that this actually happens and tries to refute it: https://aninjusticemag.com/i-am-embarrassed-to-be-a-white-man-53f4830ee30c?gif=true https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/underdog-psychology/202007/why-white-shame-is-term-everyone-should-learn https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_guilt

When black people talk about racism, police brutality, slavery, and history, we’re not asking white people to be “ashamed to be white”. We’re just asking them to NOT BE RACIST! Does this mean white people would rather be ashamed of themselves instead of not being racist when they do this? Are they this incapable of not being racist?

All black people ask is for police officers to stop killing unarmed black people. How is that “dividing this country”, as they claim whenever protests about it happen? Are they trying to say that police officers are that incapable of not killing unarmed black people that just talking about it and asking them to stop “divides this country”?

Why does talking about all the racist things that happened in the history of this country make white people “ashamed to be white”? Why doesn’t it just make them not want to be racist? Talking about America’s racist history is inevitable. It NEEDS to be talked about as long as this country exists. No one should EVER forget about this country’s racist history!

When black people talk about police brutality and ask police officers to stop killing unarmed black people, there are some white people who take that as black people saying they “hate the police” or they want to get rid of the police. Black people aren’t asking for the police to go away. They’re asking them to stop killing unarmed black people. How does asking police to stop committing brutality mean hating the police? Nobody hates the police. We hate them abusing people and their power!

Is white people doing this just a way for them to guilt trip black people into not talking about the things that they do because it makes them uncomfortable? Because they don’t want to face what their people are doing in this country? Also, when talking about slavery or anything else in America’s history, they love to say that it was “their ancestors and not them”. If they really believe that, then why does black people talking about these things make them ashamed instead of just making them not want to do the same things they did? Why do they feel guilty over something their “ancestors” did?

It’s because they know they are connected to those people. They know they are the same people, even though they try to convince black people that they aren’t.

Dear white people, black people asking you to just not be racist is NOT asking you to hate being white. It’s really not too much to ask. If it really is too much to ask of you to not be racist and not kill unarmed black people, then that’s YOUR problem. NOT black people simply asking you to be a decent person.