On Behalf of White Men, I’m Sorry.

This is an open letter to every being who has been affected by white men. Our actions are reprehensible and inexcusable. My sincere hope and desire are for reconciliation and peace. For that to come, white men must accept full responsibility for their actions. It starts with me.

This is an open letter to every being who has been affected by white men. Our actions are reprehensible and inexcusable. My sincere hope and desire are for reconciliation and peace. For that to come, white men must accept full responsibility for their actions. It starts with me.


To the Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, Islanders, and indigenous people of Australia:
I see you. I acknowledge and validate you as whole persons with your own cultures. I regret the pain we have caused you and disavow the imposition of white men and our greed upon your cultures.

Colonialism was driven by my white ancestors, and we stripped your cultures and land from you for our selfish gain. We were wrong to do so. I repent for the harm that has been caused, for the wars we’ve started, provoked, and continued. Your people have been pinned against each other as pawns and your possessions taken from you in order that white men may become richer from your oil, your skills and abilities, and wealth of knowledge.

Many of your traditions, some spanning millennia, have been forgotten when you were forced to think and behave like white men. Your pagan ways, peaceful practices, and ancient medicines promote life. The way of the white man is inferior because it accelerates destruction and death through the use of fear and manipulation for the advancement of greed.

I beg your forgiveness for ever believing our ways were ever more “civilized.” To your elders who have safeguarded your traditions, spiritual teachings, and healing practices in order to avoid historical erasure by white men, I honor you.


To the people of Africa:
I see you. I acknowledge and validate you as whole persons with your own cultures. I regret the pain we have caused you and disavow the imposition of white men and our greed upon your cultures.

The origins of human life reside with you. White men were — and still are — wrong to take it from you. You are the guardians and light-bearers of this life source. You are strong, powerful, and beautiful people.

I seek your forgiveness for subverting you — enslaving you. The belief that the pigmentation of your skin somehow makes you lesser than I is vulgar, foolish, and unintelligent. It was abhorrent for my ancestors to put chains around your necks and to beat you into slavery. It is abhorrent still that you must carry this burden in modern ways through the use of prisons and an economy that’s bent against you.

I fully endorse that black lives matter. You deserve the greatest things this world has to offer because you are greatness. You are the epitome of strength. Please forgive me for attempting to own and wield that strength to my benefit. Your pain is felt, seen, and heard. Thank you for your refusal to be forgotten and ignored; you are important and vital to enduring life.


To the tribal people of the western, central, and southern lands:
I see you. I acknowledge and validate you as whole persons with your own cultures. I regret the pain we have caused you and disavow the imposition of white men and our greed upon your cultures.

We came to lands that were native to you, and you helped us. You saw how we were incapable of surviving in these lands and you taught us how. That’s who you are — those are your ways. Your appreciation for life is unparalleled. You understand what it means to be givers. Each person understands how their contribution affects the whole tribe.

We betrayed your trust by turning you into something you were not: savages. History was written as such, but it’s a false narrative, and one I deeply regret. The real, pale-faced savages came on ships with swords and guns. They saw how peaceable you were and they mistook it for weakness. There is power in your ancient ways, and weak, white men attempted to destroy those ways to advance their own agenda.

Hordes of your people were moved to “reservations” while white men laid hold of land that belonged to the earth — to the Great Spirit. The audacity, the arrogance, and recklessness of those fragile, white men are deplorable. Your ways are greater than the ways of the white man. You understand the value of life, and even today, white men do everything in their power to silence you in fear that the world will wake up to what you already know to be true.

I humbly ask your forgiveness for blindly and systematically decimating your world and your people. You have always understood that people of every race and nation are brothers and sisters — we didn’t, and we were wrong. Thank you for being peacemakers to the world and for defending life. We need you now more than ever.


To the women of the world:
I see you. I acknowledge and validate you as whole persons. I regret the pain we have caused you and disavow the imposition of white men and our greed upon your individuality.

It’s nauseating to ponder the repugnant ways women have suffered at the hands of white men. You are forced into servanthood, sexual slavery, and more to the satisfaction of our egotistical whims.

Through the confines of religion, including Christianity, you have falsely accepted a subservient role. The fragility of weak, insecure, white men has constricted the power you carry.

To the women who unapologetically stare oppression in the eye, I applaud you. Your bodies are not shameful and certainly aren’t illegal. White men have sexualized and objectified you, but strong women have combatted these men throughout history. It’s why feminism is vitally important and why movements like #metoo and #freethenipple matter.

The future of a world that lives harmoniously lies in the hands of women. Women know peace — white men only know war. Men are incapable of giving life — only women can do that. Women know how to lead — white men do that through force, fear, and manipulation. Women teach through enlightenment — men are consumed by ego.

I sincerely ask your forgiveness for imposing on you — and indoctrinating in you — a false narrative of who you are. There is abundance in you, and the world needs your leadership.


To Earth and her living creatures:
I see you. I acknowledge and validate you as whole beings. I regret the pain we have caused you and disavow the imposition of white men and our greed upon you.

For millions of years, you have graciously and effectively borne life. From algae to flying creatures, from the vast ocean expanses to the mountains reaching into the clouds, you have provided us with unrivaled beauty.

White men and their conquests to subdue the earth have turned mankind into a flesh-eating virus. Our pursuit for infinite possessions has left us with the undeniable reality of how very finite we are and how limited your resources are. Our greed and envy exposed our grotesque inability to control life. Only you can do that.

I ask your forgiveness for polluting your waters, destroying swaths of forests, and driving countless creatures to extinction. The idea that man is the culmination of your existence is flawed and ludicrous. It speaks to how feebleminded we are.


It is my hope that white men will see life through the eyes of our brothers, sisters, and fellow creatures across the world who have known a better way. Perhaps if white men can step aside to learn a while, the world will know peace — the greatest form of prosperity.

David Dietz

Author: David Dietz

Born and raised up into leadership in the American Church, David is unlearning Christianity and instead advocates for the full acceptance of others. "To love someone is to allow that person to be fully themselves without interference or expectations of change--to accept them exactly as they are. Loving someone isn't just 'accepting' who they are, however; it's giving them freedom to be a wholly distinct individual. When you love someone so deeply that you relinquish any control or ownership you *think* you have over them, you are showing that person love untainted."