There is always a lot of talk about white guilt-AIM used the concept to great advantage and played upon it mightily to line their pockets. All the realities of invasion, dominance, and oppression are plainly visible, undeniable, historical, and withstand the litmus test of reality-but it goes beyond that and the context must be individual as well national.
Means has said in one of his frenetic rantings that in order for the nations to survive Europe must die-we all know he aspires to deification but really, who the hell is he to make such a determination? Such a statement surely implies a selective genocide doesn’t it?
Others have said much the same regarding other people-Hitler advocated for the complete annihilation of the Jews, the Serbs and Croats have done likewise along Christian and Muslim lines, and it was the mindset in this country regarding the indigenous.
Guilt is neither hereditary or obligatory in a generational sense, it is singular and based upon individual decisions, actions, and the philosophy held. The exception is one of government policies-an entity composed of individuals who by it’s very nature shares responsibility and blame.
While it is good to have an awareness of history, that does not imply a shared guilt-that will be determined by the character of the individual. My father was an abusive drunk-I am not-how can it be then that I as the son am accountable for the man he was? I am not, and no credible argument can be made to the contrary.
So I would say of this so called “white guilt” to set it aside, entertain no other who would force it undeservedly upon you. Rather, where you see a wrong strive to right it, perpetuate no past evil, tolerate no injustice regardless of where or who it is directed at.
Guilt can be accrued not just in one’s action but by perpetuating injustice in silence, leaving a thing unspoken, or more commonly to adopt a position of “it’s not my problem” and expecting someone else to address an issue.
White guilt-that catchall that leaves no stone unturned-the ATM for many to make a withdrawal from. It is a good thing to address history and the present and speak the truth of the injustice of it all-it is another thing to participate in a manner that warrants it, and that division should be clearly understood.
If this is a not an applicable definition or standard then no indigenous person would allow sufferance to any white in calling them friend- and Russell Means would not have cozied up to so many of them to the point of shamelessly praising their literary and cinematic works when it meant a financial windfall, or aligned himself with a known pornographer to seek national office.
Pornographers and matriarchy/respect and honor for women, tradition and the seeking of celebrity and money, advocacy for justice and selective silence-is there something wrong with this picture, is it skewed and distorted?
To give of oneself, one’s time, one’s finances, should not be akin to a conviction mandated community service, doing so erodes the value- to give with the understanding that those who fall or have been made to, those who suffer and have need, those who are abused and oppressed are no less a brother and sister than if by blood is the true measure of a human being and something every man, woman, and child should aspire to.
No distinctions of color, of ethnicity, has been made or played a role in those who have advocated for Annie Mae, or Ray Robinson, this is how it should be and the way of human beings who see a wrong and would right it. Let this cohesiveness and unity speak a lesson to every racist regardless of their origins. Let us each be who and what we are, find our own pride in that and the person we are, and then to look beyond ourselves.