Evidently the only way for a white person to check one’s privilege to an acceptable degree in 2017, for example, is to feel ashamed.
Recently, DNC chair candidate Sally Boynton Brown called on this shame to pitch herself for the job—a job she described as removing other white people from the conversation. “My job is to listen and be a voice. And my job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say, “Oh no, I’m not prejudiced. I’m a Democrat. I’m accepting.’” Sorry, Ms. Boynton, but none of that sounds very “accepting.”
“I’m a white woman. I don’t get it,” she said. Ditto. I don’t get why you think races shouldn’t be treated equally, giving everyone a voice. I don’t get why you want to divide instead of unite, and I don’t get why you think that’s your job. I don’t get why we shouldn’t love ourselves the way God, circumstance, or a roll of the dice made us instead of being ashamed of it.