Most of us white Americans learned an American history that was all about us, white people. The stories, the statues, the books, the museums, even the songs are all about us. State songs that honor the heritage of each state are usually about us, too. And maybe what they say isn't something to be proud of.
Americans voted in record numbers in 2020. You’d think that would be good news. But state legislators all over the country are working to restrict access to voting. They want to protect white people. This white backlash, this white rage, has surged up against every major advance made by people of color in U.S. history.
White privilege doesn’t mean that all white people have it easy. More than 14-million white people in this country are poor. They are the largest percentage of the poor. Our racist myths about poverty keep us from working to eradicate it. Those myths also make white poor people invisible.