(Just gonna place this one in the Pit so I can properly mock all the racists when they come in here and deny my/our experiences, or helpfully explain that there is no such thing as white privilege. Also, it may help them stop hijacking Huey’s thread with their bullshit.)
So I’m gonna pop in here with some tales of white privilege which I have experienced or witnessed (usually experienced). I’m a 51yo white guy with a professional demeanor and I see this stuff happen all the time. It happens to me regularly.
But let’s start with a story that I was involved in, but the privilege was somebody else’s…
So, my kid was at a party a month ago and to kill 2, 3 hours before I picked her up, I turned on the Uber driver app. First call, about a mile from her school.
I get there and there are two PD vehicles, lights going, and a 50-something white man, looking a bit disheveled, is there with the two cops, arguing with them… “this is bullshit. Don’t you have anything better to do?”, idiocies like that.
Apparently, Mr Man was such an asshole to his previous Uber driver to the point he got kicked out, with the driver calling the PD. Usually this would result in a ticket, a warning, perhaps some time in the local drunk tank to cool off.
The police… get this… USED THE MANS PHONE TO CALL HIM ANOTHER UBER!
So I look at my app and note it’s going to a section of town with million-$ houses. Get the guy in my car, the cops tell me to take him home, and we’re off.
… Not 30 seconds out, the man says “We’re not going home, I want to go downtown.”
Well, I take him downtown - can’t do otherwise right, else it’s kidnapping.
On the way down he says “I want you to take me to <intersection> 'cause I wanna buy some crack.”
“Not in my fucking car you are!”
So Mr White starts arguing with me!
“Dude, don’t be a dick like that other guy (referencing the other Uber driver). We’ll just go to the convenience store and they’ll give it to me through the window. I do this all the time.”
“Well, you’re not doing it in my car.”
Anyway, I take him close to his intersection, drop him off next to a PD car (so he won’t be physically belligerent), and drove off.
But he was successful in his quest, and I know this because he left me a $20 tip 2 days later.
So, uh, yeah. If you look like a white executive you can be abrasive and abusive towards people, have the cops called on you because of this, and even if the problem was your Uber driver doesn’t want to assist you in committing a crime, the cops will call you an Uber so you can go successfully buy crack and make it home 30 miles away with no problem.
So that’s one tale among many. What are yours?