16 Jul 2013
- Written by Tracy Clayton/The Root
Much of the nation is still reeling from the not-guilty verdict handed down to George Zimmerman over the weekend. Though Zimmerman is half Latino, many rightly name white privilege as a factor in his acquittal.
Since the verdict was announced, white Twitterers have used their own stories to illustrate the way white privilege works. Using the tag #WhitePrivilege, they shared encounters they had with police officers when they were young – situations similar to Trayvon's that ended much differently because they were not profiled as Trayvon was.
Hearing the privileged recognize and speak on their privilege imparts a bit of hope that maybe they can reach an audience that the rest of us can't.
White people - we are NOT #TrayvonMartin. We are #GeorgeZimmerman. Recognize it. Own up to it. CHANGE IT. #WhitePrivilege
Lux Tempo @luxtempo
Dad as teenager:got in fights,went joyriding,drank booze,played urban thug.What teens did then & there. Lived to tell&laugh.#WhitePrivilege
Monstrosity Jenkins @symphonydog
To everyone who looks like me: society is and has been overwhelmingly balanced in your favour. And I say that even as a Jew. #whiteprivilege
Christine Slocum @ChristineLeigh1
Part of #WhitePrivilege is that I am not attacked as such when I speak my mind in solidarity. I live neither the hardship nor the pushback
P Kearns @patchworksoul
My neighbors don't call the cops on me, then stalk me, all because I wear a hoodie while walking. #IAmNotTrayvon #WhitePrivilege
Trish Robinson @trishrobinson
I was also stopped a few years ago about 3am close to home, walking (car broke down and phone dead) and cop gave me a ride. #WhitePrivilege
Johnny Golightly @JohnnyGolightly
The other day #NYPD said "good evening" to me as I walked to my Harlem apt. No melanin, no profiling. #IamNotTrayvonMartin #WhitePrivilege
1:39 PM - 14 Jul 2013
#WhitePrivilege is when i can drive/walk anywhere and not be stopped by the police because i look "suspicious". #TrayvonMartin
I said it a year ago, but it is still true today: When I wear my hoodie people compliment me on it & ask where I bought it. #WhitePrivilege
(Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.)