This helps me understand a few things about negative reactions. Thanks!

I wrote an article a few days ago about the intersection of racism and homophobia, hooking it into Trump’s recent opposition to racial diversity training.

The story wasn’t about diversity training, per se. But when I promoted it on Facebook many of my fellow white people reacted with intense negativity, focusing in on their opposition to ideas like white privilege.

A common theme that I saw was shame. People were telling me it’s wrong to try to make them feel ashamed of themselves for being white.

My response was that I’m white and I know beyond any doubt that living in the United States privileges me because of that.

It has nothing to do with me as a person, it’s just how society is structured. That’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be aware of.

I didn’t find my explanations made much headway with people. Emotional reaction against my article remained very negative.

I was perplexed.

I’m bookmarking your story as I want to go over it again several times in depth so I can try to understand these issues more thoroughly.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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