AFRICANGLOBE – If you are not yet familiar with the term white privilege, here’s your introduction to it
On May 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas, 170 people were arrested after a shootout/brawl in which nine people died and 20 were seriously injured. The story took over the news and was covered in an endless loop for days.
Every single person who was arrested has been released. Not one person has been charged with murder.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the epitome of white privilege.
Of the 135 people originally ordered to wear GPS ankle monitors, all but 22 have been allowed to remove them, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Sunday. Their lawyers have reached agreements with prosecutors to modify the conditions of their pre-trial release.
Let’s now juxtapose these men, who killed nine people just a few months ago, up against Kalief Browder, an African-American high school sophomore who was falsely arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. Read on.
Browder languished in Rikers Island Penitentiary for three years without ever being charged with a crime. Brutalized throughout his time there, he committed suicide in the months after his release.
Or let’s consider Bobby Reed, who is serving a life sentence in prison for his first offense, a non-violent drug crime. Reed was featured in the Vice documentary on prison reform, and his story begins just about a minute into the documentary.
White privilege is killing nine people and all suspects being released without a charge, while Browder served three years after being accused of stealing a backpack and Reed is serving a life sentence for allegedly selling drugs.
By: Shaun King