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I’m asking because over the last few years I’ve noticed a trend within social media and in the comments sections of sites where my essays appear, including here on Medium.

And as someone who writes about racism in America, and challenges my fellow white folks on the institutional advantages we continue to have in this society, and the injustices to which people of color are so often subjected, I’m sure you can imagine the liturgy of hostility to which I’m regularly treated.

But frankly, the overt bigotry and even death threats (oh yes, there are plenty of those) are in some ways less troublesome than the messages suggesting that all I’m doing by challenging racism is “virtue signaling” my liberalism, or attempting to assuage “white guilt.”

These types of responses appear beneath several of my pieces on this site, for instance, and I gather those who offer them think they are saying something important.

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