Ron helps you make your point in his own response: “don’t expect me or anyone alive today to feel guilty for the sins of our ancestors. My grandfather was a share cropper and part time worker in a lumber mill and most likely never saw a black man in rural Indiana at the time. I will not burden myself with guilt only because I’m white.”
When people of color sit, or stand, or march, and or do anything to say “this is not right” the primary response from those benefiting from the status quo of yesterday and today will be as above. It is a defensive stances that both proves and reinforces privilege. If you can hold space for humanity and experience the validated reality of people of color in our country 100, 50, or no years ago and not cringe at the disparity I am not sure you don’t suffer from mental illness. Empathy is a natural and healthy part of the human experience. It doesn’t have to end in guilt but it should result in solidarity, change and above all a basic acknowledgement, that like many things in life this is not fair, and you can choose to be part of balancing the equation. As long as your response is “not my problem” you will BE the problem. Thankfully we live in a country where that is your right but if you are going to ignore the problem then do that, but at least be honest about it.