I get the point. You would have to be a moron not to. But this fellow’s recitation of why I and other white men are supposed to feel bad about our “privilege” isn’t very convincing. Even if he has, as it says under his byline, a “Doctorate in White Privilege.” Imagine that. He says blacks are more likely to be stopped for the color of their skin, even shot to death, but he offers no proof of either claim.
I still think most of the problem of blacks and other minorities tending to be hassled by cops is really a matter of class and behavior. Clothing, behavior, and whatever else denotes one’s social and economic standing.
Dress like a gangbanger, in other words, like Trayvon, and you’ll be treated like one. Get belligerent with a cop like Michael Brown, and you’ll have a gun pulled on you. Run away from a cop like Larry Jackson did and you risk getting shot. How simple is that?
We have blacks in our mostly white Austin neighborhood and no one hassles them because they mow their lawns, wash their cars, go to work every day and dress like the rest of the American middle class. We rarely even see a police car and have never heard a gunshot.
And if that’s too hard, or too debilitating for the ones who are hassled, well, you get what you resemble. Trayvon and his gold grill. Brown and his I’ll-mess-you-up attitude. Jackson and his you-can’t-catch-me-whitey. It’s really as simple as that.
The “white privilege” babble is just the latest excuse for why so many non-performing, unambitious blacks are left behind by whites and Asians and, at least in Texas, by Hispanics, too.