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We will not be ashamed of our whiteness!

This is the proud — often angry — response of some white people to critical race theory, an acknowledgment that systemic racism has been present throughout American history and remains a reality today.

Alexander Stephens, VP of the slaveocratic, treasonous, and self-proclaimed Christian Confederate States of America, reveled in racism: Black slavery, Stephens enthused, was the “cornerstone” of the Confederacy.

Although slavery was abolished in the North by 1861, white-controlled northern politics, business, judicial systems, culture and society treated Black people as inferior and unworthy of equal rights.

Embedded in the fabric of our nation, systemic racism was the product of white people controlling the levers of power. And it remains so. Even now, whites as a whole have far more power and privilege than people of color.

But those of us who are white rightly have more opportunities and should not be ashamed, right? After all, by virtue of our light skin we as a people group have better jobs, bigger bank accounts, nicer houses, access to better education, and are less likely to be arrested — for starters.

Systemic white privilege is great, right? You bet it is for those of us who are white. But just as surely it is dishonorable and weakens America.

And we know better than this.

As children, we were taught not to be selfish.

For Christians, Jesus taught his followers to put marginalized and less privileged people above themselves.

Scientifically, all humans are genetically 99% identical.

So let’s not be selfish, insecure, arrogant, or afraid of inherent human equality.

Instead, let’s demonstrate the faith, hope, love, morals, courage, honor and patriotism to make America a beacon of systemic humanity.

Bruce Gourley, 


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