Chris, I just want to add a little something here …
Hate, whether directed outward or inward is destructive. The next steps for you? I suggest not waiting for someone else to change the narrative. Change is knocking at your door. Although it’s been months since you wrote your essay, consider what to do with this realization of how things really are and your awareness of your reactions.
[wincing that I’m actually doing this next part but, hear me out]
Your limerick makes a great point, but it could use a tiny tweak so that the point in abundantly clear and in proper limerick meter (which is traditionally 7, 7, 5, 5, 7) —
A white male often thought hard
On how he’d deftly discard
The way he appears
When he looks in mirrors
Like a poor Alex Skarsgård
Thanks for the transparency.