To cleanse the palate, I can’t decide if this is more analogous to baptism or to penance. Little of both, no? You’re being initiated into a community of the righteous, but you’re also being forgiven the sins you’ve committed.
Either way, I know a religious ritual when I see one. Those upraised hands, inviting the spirit in, are especially evocative.
A comment I saw on Twitter about this: “If you think you can simply renounce white privilege, you don’t understand what white privilege is.” I don’t think they’re actually purporting to renounce it, merely to be more mindful of it going forward. It’s well intended. But they do seem to be seeking an absolution that can never and will never be granted.