Thursday, December 4, 2014

The truth about White privilege

Elizabeth just put up a powerful post connecting the Ferguson and New York cases with the widespread discrimination faced by those in our culture who are disabled. The post ended with the link #CrimingWhileWhite, a hashtag that has apparently exploded on Twitter this morning. Reading those tweets about how differently Whites and Blacks are treated in encounters with law enforcement, the tears came. It is good to be reminded that we are not imagining the disparities and that some people are finally acknowledging the fact of White privilege. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your righteous anger and sense of justice while mine had gone missing.



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  1. I linked this too.
    It's a small start for many voices.

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    1. Mary, it's eye opening for sure! Twitter is blowing up! Lots of other important hashtags today too, including #BreathingWhileBlack. I'm glad people are sharing their stories on all sides of this.

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  2. What a great idea this is. I need to find out how it came to be.

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    1. Denise, the hashtag was apparently started by @jasonjross who tweeted a call for stories of White under punished crimes.

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  3. Many whites have been fed up with it for a long time. In Cherokee County GA where I live, if I get pulled over of a malfunctioning tag light, I get told about it politely and wished a good day. A young black male would be pulled out of the car, handcuffed and searched for the same thing. It's wrong to make that burned out light a ticketable offense, but it is more wrong to treat a young man so harshly because of it. I'll gladly chime in if it will stop this madness.

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