An Open Letter to White Progressives


My name is John.

I am a fragile white person.

(I didn’t think I was, but I am. I can get past it, though, and be better, with some practice* and the help of God, who really does love me.)

«“I think white progressives can be the most challenging because we tend to be so certain that it isn’t us. And that certitude is problematic. It doesn’t allow for humility, and, to be direct, it’s quite arrogant. So we don’t tend to be receptive at all. … I think the worst fear of a well-intended white person is that we would accidentally say something racist. But then how do we respond when someone lets us know, “Hey, you just accidentally said something racist”? We respond with, “How dare you. No, I didn’t!”»

*Seriously, practice. Every new skill starts with clumsiness, I believe.

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