How do we deal with White supremacy and heal the racial divide?

White person: Why should I be made to feel guilty for what my ancestors or KKK have done to Black people just because I am born with a light skin? I’m not personally responsible for discriminating or oppressing Black people, and I’d like to think of myself as a nice person.

Black person: Why should I be made to suffer discrimination and oppression without having done anything wrong just because I am born with a dark skin? I’m not personally responsible for being discriminated and oppressed, and I’d like to think of myself as a decent person.

Same racial issue; different responses. How do we reconcile this dilemma?

I think that as long as we live in a racist system that is designed to favour one group of people over others, we have to live with a certain level of awareness and responsibility. Those of us who live in a system that gives us greater privileges than others have a greater responsibility to take care of the less privileged because we are all one and we are all in this together.

A community or society is the body of humanity, and each of us makes up the whole body. Some of us are eyes and ears, and some of us are arms and legs. We all look different from one another, but we all need and depend on one another in the ecosystem.

If one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers with it. If one part of the body does well, the whole body rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12:26)

A White person may not be personally racist, but he can be structurally and systemically racist when he benefits from the racist white privileged system at the expense of non-White people..

Similarly, a Chinese person may not be personally racist, but he can be structurally and systemically racist when he benefits from the racist Chinese privileged system at the expense of non-Chinese people.

If I am a person living in a racist system that accords me privileges because of my skin colour (or any other attributes that put me at an advantage over others), I need to ask myself how I can use the resources given to me to help the less privileged, not because I am doing anyone a favour (or have a “saviour complex”), but because I am given the responsibility to make a positive difference.

In the same vein, if I am a person living in a racist system that denies me privileges because of my skin colour (or any other attributes that put me at a disadvantage compared to others), I need to speak up for myself and on behalf of those who are suffering with me, not because I am doing anyone a favour (or have a “victim mentality”), but because I am given a voice to make a positive difference.

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