White people know that their ancestors did some messed up things. As a result, it has become hard wired for them to apologize for almost anything. In fact, white people are so used to apologizing that they start all sentences that might cause disagreement with “I’m sorry.” For example “I’m sorry, but Garden State was a better film than Hard Eight.”
In other cases, white people will apologize without being asked. “Excuse me Dylan, you dropped a piece of paper in front of my desk.” “Oh, sorry about that!” It’s just that easy! Just point it out and they’ll apologize.
– Steven Corfe