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Protectors of Privilege: When White People Call the Boys in Blue on Black People

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  1. Wisconsin Native says:

    It’s a shame how certain individuals continue to discredit the facts. Hence why we cannot and will not grow as a nation. Continuing to act as if certain situations were ok just because the outcome wasn’t violence towards black Americans is absurd.

  2. Dennis Whitfield says:

    If white privilege is so bad why is everybody else wanting to get in on it?

    1. Ben P says:

      Dennis: What a stupid, pointless, and unhelpful comment.

      1. Dennis Whitfield says:

        no respondiste mi pregunta

      2. Ben P says:

        Your pregunta seemed sarcastic, and if it was not then please excuse me, my apologies.

        White privilege provides benefits that all people should have, but only to one demographic, one race (there are of course differences between white men and white women as well).

        One good example is housing discrimination in most cities around the country. Many cities have a history of redlining which means keeping black people in certain parts of town and not granting them loans and insurances that would increase their mobility to move to another part of the city. These neighborhoods were not cared for and allowed by city governments to become more and more “undesirable”. In my city specifically in the first half of the 20th century if one black person lived in a certain area it could drop it from a rating of A to D (the lowest on the scale). Areas with a D rating were not given loans or insurances and deemed a “financial risk”. This created disparity and propagated segregation which has led to many issues black people continue to face today.

        White people are privileged to have mobility and more freedom to choose where to live. To receive loans and insurances without worry of denial based on our skin color.

        Like I said this is one example, and I hope I described it well (Others please feel free to alley-oop me on this).

        Hopefully this helped, even if a bit divergent from the article. The hope is that people could just have barbecues, sleep in dorm study rooms, sell water to go to Disneyland, etc. and white people wouldn’t freak out from a sense of superiority/entitlement ergo privilege.

  3. Thomas W. says:

    1. You’ll need the national guard for the south side of Chicago if you want to make a dent in the disparity.

    2. We should be careful that single examples of people do not simply confirm our bias. You can find a Sarah Braasch just about anywhere and in various colors.

    3. Be careful of mind/heart reading in assumptions. Sarah for instance could just be a jerk who wanted the space for herself. We don’t know how she treats others including her own color.

    4. Positives in the BnB and Yale cases are that the police didn’t over react, but took the time to establish what the situation was, going as far as even to admonish Sarah in the Yale case for her abuse of calling the police.

    5. Is it reasonable that we, if we saw anyone, regardless of color, removing lots of bags from our neighbors house who we didn’t recognize, that we’d make a call or at least stop to ask? How does one establish the basic motivation, when we know so little? Sure, it’s entirely possible the elderly white woman made a racist, white privileged response in the AirBnB case. But it’s also possible she was really attempting to guard her neighbor, and would have made the same decision had they been white.

    6. Assuming hearts and minds can lead to irrational and poor judgment of others. As Christians we need to refrain from being quick to judge simply on appearance. Otherwise, we’re just as guilty as those we accuse.

  4. We need to be very careful. The true church in Amedica is not racist. As a white man in a small town trying to get our police to take action on even small problems is near impossible. I’ve tried and they only do what they want. Even one of their own said they ought to fire the whole force including him. I really think many are mixing general sin issues and poverty issues with race issues. Of course oppression is a problem in a society like ours where most only pay lip service to the One True God who created all the races for his glory. But all genuine Christians are oppressed/persecuted also. But we’ve been told again and again to expect that and rejoice. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

  5. Ben P says:

    That video about with the barbecue was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.

  6. Adina says:

    This is an amazing article!

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