"What would be your response if I were to say to you that I don't think there's anything you - you, personally - can do, that in the end you're still white, and that no matter how progressive you are in your thinking, no matter how closely we align in our politics and ideologies, that for your whiteness, we will always, to some extent, be enemies?"To which the white guy responds:
I wouldn't hold a bit of it against you or anyone else who said the same. I'd understand that some things are beyond my control, and one of those things is the experience and perception of a person whose place in society and the history of which I will not ever understand the way they do. I'd never forget who I am in the system. But I wouldn't use that as an excuse to stop trying to end this shit within myself and towards others. I know that if enough whites do what they need to, then there's a real chance at getting this shit changed in a meaningful way. Furthermore, I understand that it means a degree of suspicious feeling towards whites that engage in anti-racism as well. I would say that all white anti-racists need to accept this and know that its a part of the human experience in this regard and that it doesn't exempt anyone from doing the right thing. Like I said, anti-racism work for whites should not be a charity, merit badge, or a pat on the back. It should be knowing that its the right thing and what helps them regain their humanity. In the end, though I would understand, acknowledge, and not question suspicion towards myself for being white, it wouldn't hinder me from always going against whiteness.