Rosanna Arquette: ‘I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me.’

Rosanna Arquette is a member of the Resistance against Donald Trump, against fascism and racism and white supremacy. She’s been doing her best – allies, activists and advocates don’t have to be perfect, they just have to listen, be respectful and try. That’s literally it. “Don’t be a douchebag” is how low the bar has been set for most anti-Trump people to find an alliance with one another. I would say that it’s been a difficult few days or a difficult few weeks, but America has been a hellscape for the past three years with Donald Trump’s nomination, election and regime. In the wake of this past weekend’s dual shootings in El Paso and Dayton, it seems like something broke in Rosanna Arquette. She tweeted this shortly before she made her Twitter account private:

The Deplorables jumped down her throat as soon as she tweeted this, which might explain why she set her account to private, just to get those a–holes off her mentions. This must be that mysterious “white guilt” people talk about: “I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame.” The thing is, the people who should actually feel guilt about their votes, their actions, their words, their prejudice, their bigotry… don’t. They don’t feel that guilt. I just feel like this is the wrong energy for someone who wants to be an ally? Like, I won’t speak for communities of color, but personally I don’t want white people’s guilt. I want them to acknowledge their privilege – because acknowledging it and being aware of it literally doesn’t cost a thing – and actually think about how they’re voting, who they’re hiring, which issues they’re supporting, what movements they’re working with, and more. Instead of feeling bad or ashamed, take that energy and use it to actively ally with a good cause or candidate.

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