Thursday, December 4, 2014

White privilege, my white ass

   I haven't killed a black person today, just as none of the black people I know has robbed a corner store, my Muslim acquaintances haven't blown themselves up in a crowded marketplace and my aboriginal friends are going about their daily lives as sober, responsible citizens of their community.
   It goes without saying that the stereotype of the black criminal, Muslim terrorist and drunken native are deeply offensive, but in the wake of two U.S. grand jury rulings clearing white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men, it's de rigueur among social activists to stereotype white people as privileged and uncaring about visible minorities.  There was even a #crimingwhilewhite hashtag on Twitter last night, inviting white people to recount stories about their run-ins with the police.  It was a surreal exercise in which self-loathing white progressives lamented how they were treated with deference and respect by law enforcement officers whom they're convinced would have brutalized and abused them had they been black.  Just for the record, my only experience with the cops was the time I punched a guy in the face for trespassing at my workplace, and I was charged and convicted of assault.  I guess white privilege had the day off that day.
   Based on the evidence, it's reasonable that Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown, and an absolute outrage that New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who choked Eric Garner to death, was allowed to walk.  One has nothing to do with the other, and neither incident does anything to demonstrate blanket racism in the broader white community.  As for privilege, it's there for anyone who's willing to work for it.  Ask Barack Obama.  
   If it assuages your white liberal guilt to don a hair shirt and publicly self-flagellate to atone for your own racism, be my guest.  But speak for yourself.
   

2 comments:

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  2. how s this ant different than what we have here???
    the FLQ October Crisis and the consistent distinct so city language police crap here? this very much came to mind when i read this . as long as a people strive for difference or im better than or refer to others as they or to them self's as my people
    this madness based on hatred all always will have fuel and it will burn logic and reason away..
    this is a core emotion and reaction people get when the laws of the land get contorted and used against any group of people in power...and as the cliche goes...with power
    comes greed with greed comes control with control comes rebellion
    thes a very conman urbanization problem where people depend on the system to provide all means of ones existence the more people the more problems the more laws the more reasons not be kn harmony with our neighbors no need to learn about others around us then...
    easier to point the finger of accusation at other than at ones self....

    have a humble merry Christmas season bird

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