But now, if you can, just imagine instead of having to suffer the indignity of a Festivus pole blocking something you could have just set up in your own yard anyway; instead of that, on a pretty consistent basic, you can’t get a fucking cab even though you’re a neurosurgeon, cause you’re black. I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity- from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal- at some point in their, I’m gonna say, last couple of hours, because of their skin color.
- Jon Stewart (The Daily Show, 8/26)
Quick story. So, we live in New York City; a liberal bastion. Recently, we sent a correspondent and a producer to a building in this liberal bastion, where we were going to tape an interview. The producer, white, dressed in what can only be described as homeless elf attire and a pretty strong five-o’clock-from-the-previous-week shadow, strode confidently into the building, preceding our humble correspondent, a gentleman of color, dressed resplendently in a tailored suit. Who do you think was stopped? Let me give you a hint: the black guy. And that shit happens all the time. All of it. Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.
- Jon Stewart (The Daily Show 8/26)
I don’t really understand how that is a question up for discussion on television news. I mean, even putting aside the gajillion ways that white people are privileged by, for instance, being able to think that whiteness is “normal,” studying world history from Eurocentric perspectives, and etc etc:
- Marijuana use is similar among black and white populations in the U.S., but young African Americans are more than THREE TIMES more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession or use than white Americans.
- Even after accounting for reasons like education disparity, geographical distribution, and occupation, there is a persistent wage gap: White people make are paid more than African Americans due to racial discrimination.
White privilege is a fact of every facet of American life. I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but this is not a political issue or a subject for debate. It is well-documented and irrefutable.
Reblogging again to add: The Huffington Post picked this up
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