Self-Pity Never Helped Anyone
To Be White is to Be Guilty
Summary: Critique of
If guilt never helped anyone, everyone would be able to commit evil acts with impunity; making guilt a useful social and moral tool, without which civilization would be impossible. Or is it that civil society is only impossible for Whites, since they are
This writer is deliberately confusing White guilt (a rational response to benefiting from White supremacy) with PC (an irrational response from
The claim that all people suffer from White supremacy is true, but not the implication that all suffer in the same way, to the same extent or created the problem, in the first place - as Whites did. If true, it would mean that the experience of
Moreover, to make the implication that White supremacy affects everyone, equally, is to imply that there is no such thing as White supremacy, when this could only be true if everyone in the world were White. A classic example of denial and
(The sole benefit of
Whites must act White in order to obtain those benefits because such acting not only makes Whites seem superior to POC but to other Whites as well - the Whitest Whites; the most superior Whites of them all, to dofferentiate themselves from those Whites who renounce White supremacy. Because acting White provides Whites with White privilege - so long as they continue to renounce the humanity of POC - those who renounce the humanity of White supremacists believe they achieve the highest privileges of all since they hold out the possibility to all Whites that they can continue to benefit from White supremacy while pretending to be dead set against it. But since this is a trick that only works with the naive, it explains why more astute POC have to be either intimidated or bought off, by Whites, with the phony acceptance of tokenism.)
Here, a writer ashamed of being White (with good reason, since White predations traditionally include looting, rapine & genocide) seeks the ultimate exculpation of sins: The implication that guilt is bad for you, despite its existence as a means of telling you when you have done wrong - and, then, what to do about it. But, much more than this, he also seeks a justification for doing the bad things Whites have always done - without having to face the inevitability of remorse. Whites are stuck with the moral quagmire of their culture and choose not to live it down. They prefer, instead, the old standby of simply pretending theirs is the best culture - ever - no matter how truly awful it really is. Even so, the guilt abides; making Whites impossible to trust since once bitten; twice shy.
But, if Whites should not feel guilt at benefiting from White supremacy, what should they feel? Elation? Only a White supremacist would ever think so! Whites are caught in a trap of being justifiably
When Whites realize that simply renouncing White supremacy is all that is required - as Catholics are
NOBODY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL BAD WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT
Whites are only ever concerned when a fact is counterproductive for them
Whites never claim guilt is counterproductive for criminals who benefit from their crimes, you will notice - only for Whites who benefit from White Supremacism. Wallowing in guilt: Bad; working through guilt: Good.
Whites want to evade guilt for their unearned privilege, so claim guilt is counterproductive. Yet Blacks know better that the guilt Whites experience because of that unearned privilege is the just punishment for the existence of such privilege. The gulf between the two sides is always going to be wide so long as this fact is not clearly understood, accepted and acted upon.
Guilt is a painful experience that requires great effort and courage to overcome; courage and industry that Whites lack precisely because White privilege encourages Whites to become complacent and lazy - especially ethically. If you look at the guilt pedophiles possess because of what they do to children and the fact that none of their kind has ever been cured of the desire for sex with children, you can see how far Whites still have to go to cure themselves of the inferiority complexes known more commonly as White supremacism and Negrophobia.
The function of guilt is to alert the guilty to the fact that they have done wrong - either absolutely or in relation to their moral values. Guilt is thus the starting point for self-reappraisal and change. To re-label guilt as counterproductive, as Tim Wise foolishly does, is to say that guilt is irrelevant and useless. This is the same as saying that a fire alarm is irrelevant when there is a fire - even though ignoring it would result in no action being taken to put out the fire. This proves that White guilt and shame are still so pervasive and so profoundly felt that Whites still desperately try to evade its inevitably-negative consequences and, in the process, damn Blacks to being always treated by Whites as genetic inferiors.
The solution is for Whites to exploit their guilt constructively and not simply self-indulgently wallow in it as
Kittywampus deliberately equates feeling guilty with renouncing privilege - even though they are unrelated - in order to vainly get around her own feelings of guilt. All that is being asked is that unearned privileges be renounced. Whites are not required to forgo college, but they are required to prove that they have a right to be there over and above their Whiteness. Few Whites can do this. To claim that guilt paralyzes and is solipsistic is a self-fulfilling prophecy that encourages running away from it and living in denial. It is only these things for people who choose it to be these things. Kittywampus’s problem is her lack of experience of human variation - a typically White supremacist stance that proves her attempt to hijack any debate on White supremacism in favor of Whites.
No-one can ever be responsible without acknowledging the power of guilt in our lives, for only in this way is redemption possible. After all, redemption without guilt would be as meaningless as sex without love. This posting is the usual White attempt at success without achievement characteristic of their apartheid-style political life.
Of course, the real problem here for Whites is the fact that White Guilt and White Shame at the White Supremacist nature of their culture is exploitable by Blacks. And that fear of being exploited by those they label genetically inferior lies at the heart of their refusal to take responsibility for their own feelings - despite their claim that responsibility is more important than guilt and shame. Whites will always be affective children and desperately try to scapegoat others for their own, self-generated emotions. After all, no-one can make you feel anything that was not their to feel in the first place.
Once again, the ethical mediocrity and mendacity of White Western culture is revealed in its desperate and despairing attempts to assuage the guilt and shame of those who benefit from the willful oppression of others. Living in a White Supremacist culture is as difficult for Whites as it is for Blacks, but at least Whites can solace themselves with the material and psychological advantages that White Supremacism offers them: Money does not buy happiness, but at least you can be miserable in comfort. These people are as far from dealing effectively with their own racism as a domestic cat is in dealing with his desire for mice.