Matt Zoller Seitz, Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com, explains what white privilege is using himself as an example: in a situation where a person of any other visible ethnicity would have been arrested, the cops justified his actions and told him to go home. A poignant tale but, as he explains, a good anecdote of what is happening in Ferguson.
I was reminded of something my best friend, a skinny Irish guy from Bay Ridge, told me. He was hanging out with his dad one afternoon. Out of the blue his dad told he should always be grateful for the greatest gift his dad and mom ever gave him.
"What gift is that?" my friend asked.
"Your white skin," he said. "If you're white in this country, you're ahead of the game. You get more chances. You get more second chances. That's the gift your mother and I gave you—and we didn't have a damn thing to do with it!"
My friend's dad was being bitterly sarcastic. But he was also being honest about white privilege.
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