Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is 2017 the Year White Guilt Ends?

White Guilt, White Privilege, White.  Three terms thrown around in the past year or so. All with negative connotations.  With this year’s Presidential election decided pretty much by a handful of white voters, does any of this change?
White Guilt
White Guilt is the individual or collective guilt felt by some white people for harm resulting from racist treatment of ethnic minorities by other white people both historically and currently. (Shelby Steele. A World of Difference: White Guilt) White guilt has been described as one of the psychosocial costs of racism for white individuals along with empathy (sadness and anger) for victims of racism and fear of non-whites. (Lisa Spanierman. Psychosocial Costs of Racism to Whites Scale. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 51(2):249–262 Apr 2004.)

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