I am in the problem-identifying, theory-building, and empiricism business. I am not an anti-racism activist. I can reject such titles because those in the Black Freedom Struggle died and suffered to give me such a space as to not have to continuously ponder such existential matters on a continual basis.
Call me a free rider if you so choose. But getting up, breathing, and navigating American society as a working class black guy is more than enough quotidian day-to-day resistance for me.
As I have written about elsewhere, I am also deeply suspicious of the social justice exercises which offer the "privileged" an opportunity to be the Other in a weak version of performance art or live action roleplaying. There are limits to empathy and understanding. I will leave bridging those gaps to the professionals.
And then there are suggestions about how to confront white privilege such as the following, taken from a handout supposedly given to Wisconsin area high school students who are interested in working on these issues:
Wear a white wristband as a reminder about your privilege, and as a personal commitment to explain why you wear the wristband.Some of these examples are simply trite, symbolic gestures common to an age of illusion and spectacle where the pseudo-event is the new realm of the real--what is a mediated reality which is taken to be a true and actual thing.
Set aside sections of the day to critically examine how privilege is working.
Put a note on your mirror or computer screen as a reminder to think about privilege.
Make a daily list of the ways privilege played out, and steps taken or not taken to address privilege.
Find a person of color who is willing to hold you accountable for addressing privilege.
I have too many things to worry about in a given day to now have to take on the responsibility for shepherding and nurturing white folks on their anti-racism journey. Too many people of color have died doing that over the centuries already. As I often suggest, white folks ought to get their own houses in order regarding these matters--history offers more than a few role-models for them to choose from.