The Ironic Power of White Privilege
Austin Null

Here’s my frustration with the concepts of “white privilege” and “systemic racism”.

“White privilege” makes the ridiculous assumption that all white people (regardless of ethnic background) get along wonderfully well with one another. No one carries around hatred due to past conflicts, old genocides, or current political differences. We are just on the lookout for one another when we are not adding chemical castrating ingredients in Church’s chicken and Tropical Fantasy soft drinks. It’s absurd, arrogant, and ultimately ignorant.

As for the systemic racism in law enforcement, there’s never been any proof that any of the high profile cases involving law enforcement shooting black men has been racially motivated. Are the men oftentimes resisting arrest, armed or involved in a physical confrontation? In almost every case the answer has been “yes” to one of those scenarios and that is the data people should be looking at. But by the time the facts come out everyone has had their protests, expressed their outrage on social media, and moved on.

Now if there is systemic racism in law enforcement, someone should take it up with the people involved, those people working in law enforcement. If no one feels safe talking to a white law enforcement officer they should interview one of the 58,000 or so black people working in local law enforcement today.

Or perhaps speak to the current attorney general — the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government — who is a black woman. Or if she is busy, perhaps someone in the news media can contact the previous attorney general who happens to be a black man. Or interview the president about his policies that impact law enforcement — this will be hard- as he likes to focus on his personality and how sad he is more than an specific policy or solution.

So maybe the answer is that everyday people and the news media should contact more black police chiefs and sheriffs to have a conversation.

Be warned, the conversation won’t always go as many people feel it should.

As for me, I’ll return to seeking out more “Check Your White Privilege” checklists from American university web sites to make sure I’m not being insensitive with my use of facts.

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