white guilt

[ hwahyt gilt, wahyt ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt ˌgɪlt, ˈwaɪt /


the feelings of shame and remorse some white people experience when they recognize the legacy of racism and racial injustice and perceive the ways they have benefited from it.

Nearby words

  1. white gasoline,
  2. white ginger,
  3. white globe lily,
  4. white gold,
  5. white goods,
  6. white gum,
  7. white hake,
  8. white hat,
  9. white heat,
  10. white hole

Origin of white guilt

First recorded in 1965–70

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