LET WHITE PEOPLE KNOW THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEEL GUILTY FOR.
The distress of white guilt is counterproductive and honestly kind of annoying because, unlike some people, we don’t take joy in the despair of others. Unless home girl or home boy was outside of your momma’s house burning a cross and your metaphorical freedom papers, let your white comrade know that his or her guilt is not warranted. Despite the many years of painful neglect and/ or plentiful missteps in the struggle to maintain white supremacy, white people we don’t need your guilt we need your assistance.
DON’ T WASTE TIME MAKING WHITE PEOPLE AP OLOGIZE .
The loaded nature of an apology often accompanies attempts to save us rather than work with us. Removing blinders from the eyes of even this country’s most "woke" white people is an extremely frightening process for them to endure (more on white irrational anguish to come in another post). The sudden reality of America’s dark racial climate could prompt a response that, even if well intentioned, may expose us to deeper hardships if white people don’t combat these realities with a sound strategy
and a solid idea of what POC really need. America’s post-reconstruction era lends credence to the harm "help" can do, or in this case, undo.
FOCUS ON IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE.
EMPHASIZE THE NECESSITY TO ACCEPT AND
Despite what white school systems instruct during the shortest month of the year (aka Black History Month *rolls eyes*), Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall, and Fredrick Douglass were not the only black people with the ability to read and write prior to the 21st century. Introducing: Jean Toomer, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Zora Neal Hurston; better yet, won’t today’s contemporary black faucets of knowledge—Ta-Nehisi Coates, Junot Díaz, and Michelle Alexander—please step to the front of the white guilt congregation. Their sermons have turned starry eyed black freshman in to fist raising, Malcolm X spewing, twitter finger shooting, reincarnations of Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver. Nevertheless, books alone won’t oppose the years of blissful ignorance brought to you by the good folks living in *insert predominately white community here.*