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Earning my genuine forgiveness takes more than just an apology

I don’t think certain individuals realize that you can just not apologize for being racist towards someone because of their differences. It takes more than just an apology and sweeping it under the rug like it never happened or like you have grown past it. I personally believe that racism should be treated no different than someone with an alcohol problem. Actions by a racist does affect the individual who is targeted. We that have been affected by racism can forgive, but we certainly cannot forget what was said or done. Earning my genuine forgiveness takes more than just an apology. First, I must know that you have broken ties with or at least confronted whoever taught it to you before your apology has been presented.

What do you think?

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Written by Thomas Gouard

I'm a military veteran, a Direct Support Professional for adults with disabilities, and a college student pursuing a career as a substance abuse counselor. Outside of that I'm a runner, cyclist, blogger, writer, and fashion lover. I fell in love with writing during my second semester of college, and have found joy's in expressing myself with it.

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  1. How are “Racist! “White Supremacist” thrown everywhere at white people or anything white, even white milk, white snow… any different? My point is, I wonder where this kind of humungous divide among people (black, white, brown or yellow, orange) of ugly dehumanizing language is coming from?

  2. Even if the person is genuinely ashamed or contrite about the pain their actions or speech has caused, unless they have accepted the responsibility for their behavior and are working to change it, they’ll ultimately do the same thing again

  3. Agreed. It takes no effort to say “I’m sorry” or “I apologize”, so nobody can expect to be forgiven right away, because healing from a wound takes more. You mentioned that racism is something that is taught, perhaps it is not always the case, but it worries me that so many people are brainwashed and can’t think with their own brain. 😐

    • Being prejudice against someone because of their skin color is something that an apology just cannot fix. It is pretty deep, but those that experience it just cannot trust the person who committed the act. Thank you for commenting.

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