Classic white denial in the form of “I was also oppressed.” This is the kind of color blindness that comprises subconscious white investment in preventing erosion of white supremacy.
Whites are still at a huge racial advantage, worldwide. This doesn’t change just because there may be some complexity in our individual histories: we aren’t only individuals, we are also part of the larger human system. And ours is set up in an institutionalized manner to benefit whites at the expense of people of color.
That this may not be pleasant to whites that focus on individual history at the expense of the larger social group shouldn’t alter the ability to be moral about the human race as a group. Unfortunately, for many whites, it does. Fugate is an exception in her ability to focus on what is essentially the (im)moral dimension: the constant defensiveness that exists, whether conscious or not, to maintain an unearned advantage.
Apparently, the investment in maintaining individual unearned dominance trumps moral considerations of what this dominance has done to most of the pigmented human race, whether in Russia or any other country on the planet.