I am upset with myself that this article prompted me to write my first response on Medium. Regardless here it is.
Your article makes a good point. It is difficult for a person to admit the foundations of the life they have created are unjust or wrong. It requires, if not a physical upheaval than a mental one that would be quite difficult for anyone. Many people do not do so, which is an unfortunate truth of human kind. The world would be a better place if people embraced reality and lived magnanimously.
However, I believe you have a mistake in your reasoning that I hope you take at least a little bit of time to consider after reading my response! You foster a definition of the term “white” which seems to mean a morally reprehensible choice towards self interest and self preservation. You then claim, correctly, that by being “white” people neglect the wrongs of society. However, by naming this human trait “white” you are making a concerted effort to attack a specific race of people. While you might be getting your (very valid) point across, I do not think your method is laudable.
Every human on this planet is self centered and there are a myriad of movements and issues worthy of just anger and reprisals. There are billions of people living in absolute poverty, conditions orders of magnitude worse than anyone in a developed country. There are environmental issues that are going to cause future generations untold amounts of suffering. Each of these issues are worthy of upheaving physical and mental paradigms. However, very few people do so.
It is my opinion that you should not get angry at a waitress for not discarding all pretense of selfishness in order to help a cause just as you should not get angry at someone for not putting their entire life at the throes of our harsh reality.
I do not mean to demean, in any way, the suffering caused by institutionalized racism. I would just like to put the issue in perspective so that one might understand why people do not immediately stop being “white” when they are confronted by the truth of their social paradigm.