White Americans: We Must be the Generation to End White Supremacy

Karen Fleshman
4 min readJan 12, 2021


White Americans the white terrorist attack on our Capitol must be our turning point. We created white supremacy, we benefit from it, we continue to be the majority and to hold disproportionate power. It doesn’t go away without us relinquishing it.

We must be the generation to recognize the fully equal humanity of every human being and actively engage in fighting for it.

Think about the outcry that would happen right now if a foreign power or any other group of Americans attacked the US Capitol. There would be outrage and demands for widespread accountability.

Why are so few white people demanding accountability of ourselves?

For generations Black Americans have implored white Americans to step up. To face who we are and transform. To see Black people as our full human equals, stop killing them, and not conspire against, thwart nor be threatened by their success.

And for generations, white Americans have made excuses and turned away.

“That’s not me.”

“That was a long time ago. Why can’t they just get over it?”

“I am not responsible.”

“I don’t have privilege. I worked hard for everything I have.”

“I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

“I don’t see color.”

“I would have voted for Obama for a third term.”

“They shouldn’t protest that way. It’s divisive.”

“What about Black on Black crime?”

“If they would just pull up their pants, everything would be fine.”

“This isn’t who we are.”

This is PRECISELY who we are.

We are a country founded on white supremacy upheld by 400+ years of white mob violence and white complicity with white mob violence.

Yet every time white mob violence erupts, white Americans act as if it’s unfathomable.

White mobs inflicting terror on everyone else is the lifeblood of white supremacy.



Karen Fleshman

Founder, Racy Conversations Inspiring the antiracist generation.