I’ve seen this meme posted several times on Facebook over the last couple of days:
Not surprisingly, every single person I saw posting this is white. Every single person commenting positively is white.
Your white privilege is shining brightly.
I’m a white, cisgender, heterosexual male. I’m practically drowning in privilege.
I tend to drive too fast and have been pulled over countless times. In those instances I have never been asked to step out of the car. I’ve never been told, “put your hands where I can see them.” No cop has ever asked to look in my trunk. Firearms and tasers have remained holstered for the duration of my interactions.
Countless black males and females have been pulled over for nothing and faced the third-degree. Countless blacks, I suspect the vast majority male, have been walking down the sidewalk and are stopped and frisked–for doing nothing.
And yes, black Americans have been killed–for doing nothing.
How anyone in this day and age can believe racial profiling doesn’t exist is beyond me.
Yes, George Floyd was allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill–which would be “illegal stuff.” At the moment I’m writing this, he’s being buried. Two cops that held him down, the cop that kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, and the cop standing there watching it all unfold served as his judge, jury and executioner.
Floyd wasn’t just murdered, it was a modern-day lynching.
On a regular basis, people of color are stopped, questioned, stalked, frisked, harassed, assaulted, and killed–for doing nothing other than being born black or brown.
“Police will leave you alone if you don’t do illegal stuff.”
That’s probably true for white people.
It’s patently false for black Americans.