On White Guilt

“White guilt” is the guilt experienced by some whites for past and present racism toward blacks. I am a white man, but I am not a racist. Nor have I ever enslaved a black, or anyone else, either. What do I have to be guilty of? Absolutely nothing. And so I feel no guilt for the actions of others. Why should I? I am neither responsible nor accountable for the actions of other whites, past or present. Therefore, I have no reason to feel guilty for anyone’s damnable actions than my own. So I don’t. I am an individual who acts according to his own conscience. I don’t feel guilt for the actions of other whites, other men, other longhairs, other six-footers, other fathers, other voluntaryists, other philosophers, other writers, or other any group that I may be classified as a part of. I do, however, feel guilt for having stolen from others in my distant past, having spanked my son and otherwise acted like a monster toward him, and other such personal sins. But that’s it. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.