Police, White Privilege and Double Standards: UPDATE

White privilege means that you can protect, go wild, assault cops and even murder people using firearms, and the police will not bat an eye and go on a violent offensive resulting in the loss of white lives. There are a lot of naysayers that will consider this racebaiting as if this is worse than the murderous police actions against unarmed people of color. But if I am playing the race card, consider the following examples of how this game is unfairly played:

Michael Brown was an unarmed teenager murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Witnesses claim that Brown was shot at by Wilson after struggling to get away from him after Wilson tried to force Brown inside his squad car. After being shot, Brown placed his hands up as an act of surrendering. Wilson proceeded to shoot him several more times until he was down. His body was left in the street for hours.

Black residents decided a nonviolent protest against the Ferguson police over their (mis) handling of the case and demanded the name of the officer responsible. In no time, police became more militant with armored vehicles rubber bullets, tear gas bombs, flash grenades and sound cannons. Scenes from Ferguson depicted by the mainstream news media resembled closely to footage of the Middle East during wartime. People were injured. Media reporters, and one black alderman, were arrested and detained. A curfew was imposed. Even a little girl was pepper sprayed!

The police stated that the people were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktail bombs. It turned out to be lies. 

However, the residents of St. Louis began protesting on behalf of Darren Wilson. There were NO SWAT tanks or any signs of a militarized police force! Almost all protesters were white with at least one black conservative.

This is a full-on display of white privilege. But there are more extreme and deadlier examples.

Joe Paterno, the Penn State coach caught up in the sexual abuse scandal, was fired. Hundreds of mostly white people took to the streets and rioted, destroying property. Some even fought with police! Still, there was NO reports of police violence like in Ferguson three years later!

After a hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, fans, mostly white, took to the streets throwing bottles, overturning vehicles and smashing windows. There was even some looting! Still, police action was nothing compared to Ferguson. According to reports, some transportation was halted of diverted from the riot zone. There was over a hundred people arrested. No police murders.  

Earlier that same year, Jared Lee Loughner attempted to gun down U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in broad daylight, as well as shot several other people including Federal District Chief Court Judge John Roll, Giffords’ staffer Gabe Zimmerman (No relation) and nine-year old Christina Taylor-Green. After an extensive manhunt, police was able to apprehend Loughner unharmed!

A year later in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes shot dozens of people, killing 12. He was found by police without a violent arrest.

Recently, two police officers were assaulted by a man, a white man, in the St. Louis neighborhood of Carondelet. Kevin Miner is a suspect in a burglary and tried to hide in a woman’s basement. Despite their violent encounter, police arrested Miner alive and apparently unharmed. 

White people can literally walk in stores armed with guns and rifles and walk out safe and sound. A black man like John Crawford III is caught with a toy gun, and cops shoot him on sight! 

See what’s wrong with this picture? If not, get your eyes checked. You may be suffering from a severe case of the white lens. 

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27 thoughts on “Police, White Privilege and Double Standards: UPDATE

  1. Here is an interesting video about the Ferguson riots and what happened in 2012 with tanks going through the city of St. Louis.

  2. excellent post as always, and don’t forget the cliven bundy standoff, they were pointing guns I didn’t see anything about someone getting killed or tear gassed. . u let black folks do that and they would end it like the move standoff.

    You know they have to take the white criminals in unharmed because they want to know what happened and what caused the person to snap, a black person gets a death sentence, even when there is doubt (troy davis). plus they have to appease their white supporters, they can’t have their supporters out here loving the police and being killed, because then they’d realize the love isn’t returned. Then the supporters look at the black folks that don’t trust the police as the enemy and think well if they’d respect the law nothing would happen to them, they can assume this because when they respect the law or when someone that looks like them breaks the law nothing happens, but black folks that respect the law get treated like criminals, especially if they *fit* the description.

  3. Brothawolf,

    You and Lavern are writing up great posts! Thank you for having this blog.

    I don’t know what we should do in these situations. I do know that white people will make it look like or appear that black people are the threat. And will make it seems like us defending ourselves is us being violent. In the past, black people following cops to ensure a black person would not be terrorized (like the Black Panthers for Self Defense) or had some sort of militia group e.g. Deacons for Defense and Justice.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been studying the Haitian Revolution. It’s absolutely fascinating! The slaves burned down the plantations etc. They were ruthless, but for good cause AND it was justified. The French treated the slaves there horribly that most slaves arriving on the colony did not survive after three years. Louverture and Dessalines took on the British, Americans, French, AND Spanish. In addition they also had to take into consideration the mulattoes or gens de couleur (people of color) who were fighting for their own political rights. These slaves were fighting for over a decade to gain their freedom. After studying what I’ve studied so far, I feel like black people can do anything and this is why they don’t discuss it or teach this in schools.

    Here are a couple of links on the Haitian Revolution.

    http://today.duke.edu/showcase/haitideclaration/haitiusa.html

    http://blogs.utexas.edu/15minutehistory/2013/02/06/episode-11-the-haitian-revolution/

    1. “Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been studying the Haitian Revolution. It’s absolutely fascinating! The slaves burned down the plantations etc. They were ruthless, but for good cause AND it was justified. The French treated the slaves there horribly that most slaves arriving on the colony did not survive after three years. Louverture and Dessalines took on the British, Americans, French, AND Spanish. In addition they also had to take into consideration the mulattoes or gens de couleur (people of color) who were fighting for their own political rights. These slaves were fighting for over a decade to gain their freedom. After studying what I’ve studied so far, I feel like black people can do anything and this is why they don’t discuss it or teach this in schools. ”

      Maybe they don’t teach that in schools in the states but here in the Caribbean we get the full blow by blow.

      1. Really? Is this after Caribbean countries gained their independence? I ask because my father is from Trinidad and had been educated and raised there; didn’t come to the states until his mid 20s. He swears that they had no slavery in Trinidad because he learned that in school there were only indentured servants. He attended a govt school and after he completed then Trinidad gained its independence. I told him that Trinidad was known for their slave records and they have it in the country’s archives.

        I think part of it too could be that the schools in the states focus on the slave history in the U.S. only but I find that the interpretation of the history in the classrooms here are skewed because they leave out relevant information that drastically changes interpretations of events.

        Thanks for letting me know about what is learned in Caribbean classrooms.

    2. Another revolutionary you should look at is Cuffy from Guyana, (my home country) who led the 1763 rebellion.

      1. You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked the links. I think the UT one gives a great overall summary of events within the fifteen minute timeframe.

        All I can say from these riots is that white people are squadding up for battle . Things are not looking good on our end. Good luck to everyone!

  4. I find it very interesting that the media is calling for peaceful protests from the residents of Ferguson but haven’t said jack squat about the riot gear, tear gas, rubber bullets and military tactics strongarming people who have every right to be out there complaining. They have the nerve to criticize Obama for not doing anything about the so-called ‘Isis Crisis’ yet see nothing wrong with the police of S. Louis turning America into a third world country under siege. And the cops themselves have made the situation worse not better by doing EXACTLY the same thing as this thug who killed Michael Brown. Treating black life as expendable and not worthy and good call Brotha I didn’t even notice that the white protesters for Paterno didn’t get any brutality from police SMH!

  5. @ kowaba:

    You are welcome. The UT link was very informative and went straight to the point. I agree that Whites are gearing up for battle — a lot of YT videos that I have been watching during the past week are saying the same thing. Also, good luck to everyone from me!

  6. Amen!

    I’,m glad that you’re showing this. I was just reading an article about Kevin Sorbo and he referred to the Ferguson protesters as ” losers” yet he call himself a ” Christian”( how blasphemous he is!) If he says that they are losers, so is he. Not too long ago I was looking at a 2014 riot in Hunington Beach , California during a sporting event.. which I believe was a sporting event .

    Those folks were horrible. They were acting like they lost their minds ..breaking windows, knocking down cars, acting stupid. I’ve read the article but you didn’t read any thing about those guys being animals. With stuff like this. Riots/protest happens all around the world,but since racists want to label us as bad people, they need to be reminded of how rowdy they can be.

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