In the discussion thread: This is Monika Kichau, one of two owners of a coffee shop in Umeċ, Sweden. [View all]
Response to Journeyman (Reply #15)
Tue Mar 26, 2013, 10:09 PM
MrScorpio (58,985 posts)
16. And of course, your argument is perfectly suited to excuse ANY instance of white privilege
And also to perpetuate it as well, because its implementation would seen incalculable by denying its very existence.
Especially by the way that you diminish the importance of the woman's OWN race. A non white person, living is a country populated predominantly by white people. That the police would take the word of the white challenger, a person who obviously has no connection to the store whatsoever, over that the store owner, as if she was out of place.
What role should a police force have in any society that has white privilege? The answer is obvious to anyone who recognizes how it is supposed to operate; by questioning anyone who, by the very nature of their difference, they would seem to be "out of place."
Had the woman been white, would she have been challenged and reported by another white woman for merely closing up her shop?And why would any white person seem out of place to such an extent that it was necessary to call the police?
Now you can go right ahead and debate police procedure, however innocuous you suppose it to be.
But, if you can't recognize why there should never had been an incident in the first place, especially by applying your own white heritage in order to negate the shop owner's situation, then that, my friend, is exactly how white privilege is applied in any given circumstance.
Equating your own situation to hers denies what the situation of a person of color is.
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