That White Privilege

The protests continue and for the most part are less violent (for now)….I did see a sign that states “All Life Matters”…..I look at that as the same as a white person saying “I have black friends”…a sure signal of a racist.

What is white privilege?

White privilege means your skin color offers you a certain measure of protection in our society—and that privilege can be used as a tool. That might mean stepping in with your voice when you witness injustice happening, knowing that a fellow white person or person in authority is more likely to listen to you than a person of color. Sometimes it means physically standing between a person of color and someone who is trying to harm them. We may not think it makes much of a difference, but it does. White folks are less likely to be viewed by other white folks as a threat or a suspect or a potential criminal, and we can physically disrupt racial injustice simply by placing our white self in front of it.

I cannot wait for the retorts to start (mostly by whites)…..(I await the “All Lives Matter”…excuse)

So many of the incidents have involved traffic stops….but what about at night?

That is one of several examples of systematic bias that emerged from a five-year study that analyzed 95 million traffic stop records, filed by officers with 21 state patrol agencies and 35 municipal police forces from 2011 to 2018.

The Stanford-led study also found that when drivers were pulled over, officers searched the cars of blacks and Hispanics more often than whites. The researchers also examined a subset of data from Washington and Colorado, two states that legalized marijuana, and found that while this change resulted in fewer searches overall, and thus fewer searches of blacks and Hispanics, minorities were still more likely than whites to have their cars searched after a pull-over.

I have been saying for many years that all these “conversations” are not accomplishing anything at all….all it is a rehash of grievances and little about solutions other than a real conversation is needed.

A conversation that is never actually held.

And with all the protests and violence in the latest edition of “Racial Inequality” is another call for a ….you got it….a conversation.

Demands for systemic change in the U.S. grow louder by the day following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis.

Activists say white populations need to listen, but also take action in their own lives.

Those demanding change say in states such as Wisconsin, which is 83% white, it might be uncomfortable for some to openly discuss racial issues.

Tim Cordon, board president of the Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, says whites who feel guilt over the generational pain expressed during the protests shouldn’t worry about how they’re viewed in openly examining their contributions to that pain.

How about how the police feel about race issues they face?

In that survey, 67 percent of officers said they thought the deaths of black people in encounters with the police were isolated incidents, compared with 31 percent who said those deaths were part of a broader pattern. The public,

by comparison, had almost exactly the opposite reaction — only 39 percent of Americans said the police killings of black Americans were isolated incidents, while 60 percent said they were part of a broader pattern. (More recent surveys of the public also indicate that around 60 percent of Americans think that these incidents are part of a broader pattern.)

Just 35 percent of officers in the 2016 survey said they thought protests against the killings of black Americans were motivated at least in part by a “genuine desire to hold officers accountable” for their actions. In separate questions, almost all officers (92 percent) said that these protests reflected at least some long-standing bias against the police, and 86 percent said that the attention surrounding high-profile incidents of police killings of black men and the resulting protests has made their jobs harder.

Time for America to have that conversation…..(a typical call I know…but it is time)….if we want to lead the world ever again then we need to step up….

The United States arguably has one of the most dynamic political systems in the world, with powerful legal protections for the news media and expansive freedom to associate and peacefully protest. Yet journalists covering the recent demonstrations have been harassed, assaulted, and arrested even as they identify themselves as reporters—a profound breach of constitutional guarantees. And the right to assemble is being denied, as militarized police forces tear-gas peaceful protesters in many cities. These immediate abuses must stop, but the nation must also come together to address the underlying problem.

Racial Injustice Remains the Great Weakness of American Democracy

One obstruction to a real talk on solutions is the media and its enabler social media….these influence the feelings of the masses….so are we seeing riots or resistance?

The general public’s opinions about protests and the social movements behind them are formed in large part by what they read or see in the media. This gives journalists a lot of power when it comes to driving the narrative of a demonstration.

They can emphasize the disruption protests cause or echo the dog whistles of politicians that label protesters as “thugs.” But they can also remind the public that at the heart of the protests is the unjust killing of another black person. This would take the emphasis away from the destruction of the protests and toward the issues of police impunity and the effects of racism in its many forms.

The role journalists play can be indispensable if movements are to gain legitimacy and make progress. And that puts a lot of pressure on journalists to get things right.

I have never believe that the media was to help solve the problems…..they get too much traction out of reporting the problems….”If it bleeds it leads” is the motto of all media outlets.

What we are witnessing in real time is a fascist politics that believes in racial purity, social Darwinism, and supports the collapse of moral and political accountability. We see evidence of this in the viciousness of Trump’s everyday language, as for instance when he criticizes a reporter for wearing mask for being politically correct, when in actuality the journalist was being socially responsible–a notion Trump despises. We also see it in its more obvious toxic forms as when he states in the aftermath of the mass protests, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” All the while echoing a racist phrase by a former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley who liked to brag that he only hired white police officers and prided himself for using violence against Black people. There is nothing new about the police killing black people. Nor is there anything new about the United State engaging in state sponsored violence by way of a racially marked mass incarceration system.

Racial Domestic Terrorism and the Legacy of State Violence

I admit that I have no answers…..I will not pretend that I know what it is to be treated like so many black people…..and there is where I think the opposition comes from……they are afraid if they treat blacks as equal it will come back and bite them so they turn a blind eye at the problems and make up silly excuses for it happening…..and silly reasons why protesters get support….like they want to destroy our country (of course they do not say who “our” are (but we know)).

Seems everybody is afraid of being labeled on social media and we know what kind of damage that can do to one’s rep, right?

Be The Change You Want…a believe that is a paraphrase of a thought by Gandhi.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “That White Privilege

  1. I agree that the media has zero interest in helping to solve this issue, either in the US, or here in the UK. They love this stuff, as it gets them viewers and advertisers. This is evidenced by them constantly ‘resurrecting’ outdated reports to hang on to the coat-tails of any current story.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You know Gramsci saw a lot of this stuff in 1920…how the media would control the hegemony….fascinating (there is a future post) chuq

  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Hey, perfect example: Amy Cooper, the lady in Central Park NYC!! … “White privilege means your skin color offers you a certain measure of protection in our society – and that privilege can be used as a tool. “

  3. The media number one priority is airing more sensationalist stories to gain more viewers. That said, I’ve found there are some valuable round tables that air, at least on CNN. There was one the other day which brought up the subject that now might finally be the time because more young people are involved that have friends of all races.

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