There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
Jesse Jackson, November 27, 1993
Very, very strong content warning as to the Chris Rock video above. Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts has a post on the concept of white privilege:
Courtesy of National Review. I notice that most who beat the drum of white privilege are, in fact, white. A common trend today. Of course the most popular criticism of those questioning the dogma is to call them racists. An oldie but a goodie. Still, since I know many people who have missed the good ship White Privilege, and furthermore dismiss the idea that a white person starved to death is better off than a non-white person starved to death, it’s worth the read for a dissenting view.
Go here to read the comments, which, since Dave blogs at Patheos, contains a fair number of liberals seeking to deny the obvious. When it comes to the concept of white privilege, I view it as a bad joke. Growing up in a family where money was scarce as love was abundant, I guess I was privileged but it had nothing to do with my skin color. In the Jim Crow South, an area ruled solely by the Democrat Party, government action did foster a regime of white privilege, but to pretend, as leftists do, that nothing has changed is simply delusional, as delusional as supporting government policies today that discriminate on the basis of race in order to fight racism.
In the comboxes of the post by Dave, the subject of traffic stops came up. The Chris Rock video mirrors advice I have given to clients of all races over the years: be polite, be business-like and do not argue with the cop. If there is something wrong with the stop we can fight it in court. Cops are like the rest of us, good, bad and indifferent, and most of them, in my experience, respond well to simple politeness. Actually politeness works well in most areas of life, and should never be confused with weakness. It costs nothing to be courteous, even in an adversarial situation, and usually pays a dividend. If 35 years of litigation has taught me anything, it has taught me that.