White Americans Aren’t Doing Their Part to End Racism — and They Don’t Want to
In his final manuscript “Where Do We Go From Here?” published in 1967, Martin Luther King Jr., discussed the way white Americans are not doing enough to remove the stain of racism from America, addressing their refusal to give up their privilege and learn from the Black people who are oppressed.
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance,” he said. “It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…”