White Guilt, White Feeling, and the Struggle for Liberation

(Photo: Allison Upchurch)

         As part of the second annual Anti-Oppression Week here at Regis, Dr. Brian Drwecki and senior Jack Flotte led a discussion on Tuesday, Feb 7, about ignored feelings of white guilt and privilege and the social justice we strive for in our community. 

        This session included eye-opening facts of the struggles faced by the black community, as compared to white people. Furthermore, they simplified the definition of racism, stating it is a system of oppression not just confined to social interactions. The conversation then focused on how white guilt comes about from a myth of superiority and perceived taboo topic of racism in the United States.

        Flotte retold his own story of racial injustice and was praised for being an example of showing contemplatives in action by combating racism and actively participating in real world events and rallies, truly showing what it means be an engaged and educated Jesuit student.

        At the end of the discussion, Flotte gave advice on how to be a better ally for those who face oppression. Firstly, we must accept the discomfort when it comes to racial division, and channel that guilt into action. Second, we need to normalize race within your group of friends and family members. Finally, research everything presented to us: don’t take it to be true unless it’s from a reliable source.

        Brian Drwecki is the faculty advisor to the Black Student Alliance at Regis and Jack Flotte is a member of that same organization. Keep an eye out for the different events hosted by BSA to learn more!

Allison Upchurch Staff Reporter