Why the Waffle House shooting should get us talking about white privilege,

the watchman

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I used to help out at an after-school cooking program where the kids happened to be mostly students of color.

One week the regular instructor was off, and we had a sub. When I gathered my young charges at the beginning of class to take them to wash their hands, the sub turned to me and said, solemnly, “Keep an eye on them.”

I stared at him blankly.

“I don’t want them trying to escape.”

Escape? From a fun, completely optional class where they get to mix and measure and create and eat?

“Why would they try to escape?” I asked.

He ignored me. I moved on.
Why the Waffle House shooting should get us talking about white privilege - Chicago Tribune

you really should read the entire article before responding. This particular paragraph I found especially enlightening.

But I also think her reaction speaks to America’s habit of separating white criminals from white people — a habit we forget to exercise for people of color.

My sons, my husband, my brother, my dad won’t be eyed with suspicion when they walk into crowded spaces this week, even though a guy with their skin color is the suspect in yet another mass shooting.
 
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The Man

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It's the same way for minorities everywhere... I was constantly lumped in with criminals and terrorists in Russia, because of my Caucasian blood and geographic origin from that area.

Actors from my ethnic background know when they first start at the theater academy, that they will likely spend many years of their lives playing gangsters, drug dealers, smugglers, human traffickers, and terrorists, and other such bad guys, before they ever get any serious role, at the very least a POSITIVE character, if they are very lucky. Simply because that's our stereotype...

Law enforcement personnel from my ethnic background are assumed automatically to be corrupt and helping criminals from their ethnic community, without any evidence, just because that too is a popular stereotype...

Etc. It is what it is. :smiley-shrug:
 
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I used to help out at an after-school cooking program where the kids happened to be mostly students of color.

One week the regular instructor was off, and we had a sub. When I gathered my young charges at the beginning of class to take them to wash their hands, the sub turned to me and said, solemnly, “Keep an eye on them.”

I stared at him blankly.

“I don’t want them trying to escape.”

Escape? From a fun, completely optional class where they get to mix and measure and create and eat?

“Why would they try to escape?” I asked.

He ignored me. I moved on.
Why the Waffle House shooting should get us talking about white privilege - Chicago Tribune

you really should read the entire article before responding. This particular paragraph I found especially enlightening.
The Watchman,

Why should a crazy guy shooting up a Waffle House get us thinking about white privilege? I mean, there were only two lines about him in the article, and one was someone who knew him saying "I think he needed help but just didn't get it."

Another interesting thing about the article, one should ask why, at Oak Park River Forest High School, "why are blacks causing 50% of the trouble, when they only represent 22% of the school population?". Is it trouble at home for these young folks, or something deeper?