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With Liberty and Justice for All, the Mirror 0

D. Elfman offers a white person’s perspective on white privilege, telling how he was stopped by a policeman after someone resembling him was reported to have robbed a bank. A snippet:

Now let’s stop and consider this. The policeman has not drawn his firearm. He is well within the range I could throw a punch or kick, or stab with a concealed knife. He has not gotten backup before talking to me. He calls me “sir,” speaks in a conversational tone, adds a “please” to his request. This is what white privilege looks like.

While I’d have been within my rights to demand a search warrant, I opened the pouch and let him see that it contained only paper and electronics. See, I was perfectly aware that someone could reasonably look at that pouch and think it signaled that I was armed. I wore it like that anyway because it was convenient. This is what white privilege looks like.

The officer said, “Thanks, I just wanted to make sure you didn’t have a bazooka or something in there.”This is what white privilege looks like.He went on to explain about the bank robber, (This is what white privilege looks like.)and would I be willing to give him my contact information and an accounting of myself so that I could be excluded from the list of possible suspects?

I was not arrested, I was not brought in for questioning.

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Via Contradict Me.


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