Don’t Hate This White Man…

I never held you down… I never oppressed you… I never enslaved you.

If your father stole a million dollars should you be held personally responsible for his actions? Should you be in debt for the rest of your life? If he killed a man, should you sit in the electric chair in his absence?

An accepted principle of justice systems in the modern world is that the son cannot be held accountable for the actions of the father.

Don’t hate me for the prejudices and actions held by people of my skin color.

Don’t equate what previous generations did with what my generation is doing.

To do so is the very definition of racism.

Nor does the mere fact that I am a man make me evil. Yes, I have a penis. No, I do not use it to bludgeon the world.

I am not an anonymous white man in a crowd.

Please stop hating me.