If you are white in America, social justice teacher Robin DiAngelo has a message for you: You are racist, pure and simple, and without a conscious lifespan you will always be.
You just can’t help it, you see it, because you’ve been squeezed with the cocoon of white privilege since you came out of your mother’s womb, protesting against everyone’s indignation.
You may be annoyed with this insult to your humanity – because it can you to be a racist? You have black colleagues who you consider friends. you do not see the color of the skin. you never had slaves. you were walking in the 60’s. You are still protesting today against the “bad apples” in uniform who use the power of their power to stifle the lives of minorities and the rights of minorities.
CNN sat down with DiAngelo to ask her thoughts on the talks surrounding today’s protests, how they fit into the history of the civil rights movement and what whites should do now. The conversation has been edited for flow and clarity.
Q: Is “Me Too” for racial equality right now or will the conversation fade and fade as it has in the past?
DiAngelo: There are a few things I think are different for now. First, it is maintained. It is not a march, a protest. They continue to spread around the world.
There’s a reason in the mainstream media that I never thought I could hear in my life. Those of us who have been ringing this drum for years are finally hearing phrases like “systematic racism” being used in mainstream media.
The number one and two books being sold in the world right now are about racism, one written by me, one white face and one written by Ibram X. Kendi, a black man. You can google “What can whites do now?” and you couldn’t keep track of all the excellent resources and guidance lists.
We are hearing a discussion about compensation for the descendants of enslaved Africans at the stage of the Democratic debate. For the first time in history, I think a recent poll showed that more white Americans believe that there are advantages to being white than not believing it.
These are huge discoveries. But it needs to be maintained and I’m a little worried about what will happen when the cameras go off. I remember here Malcolm Gladwell’s Top Point Theory: You only need 30%. And when I feel discouraged, I remember it because I think “We have 30%. Let’s keep going.”
Read more from CNN’s Q&A with Robin DiAngelo here.