This article on the 2014 death of 13-year-old Andy Lopes illuminates the concept of white privilege. Christopher Bowers: “In looking at racial implications, as white people we have the opportunity to learn about ourselves and the culture we live in and thus become more capable of acting in solidarity with people of color.”
Before white people talk about whether privilege applies to them, they may need some orientation, according to many of us and, as posted recently, Kali Holloway. To get some background on the term “white privilege,” read this seminal essay by Peggy McIntosh, found here.
(editors note: if you can’t get the link to the McIntosh article, we’re working on it!) Try this link.
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Just published in The Atlantic : Fergusons Fortune 500 Company : Why the Missouri city — despite hosting a multinational corporation, Emerson Electric, — relied on municipal fees and fines to extract money from its poorest residents.
The U.S. Department of Justice report revealed how the police and court policies affected blacks in Ferguson, and here is the expose’ of how state and local taxation laws are also culpable.
An excerpt: Ferguson extracts more revenue from African American renters seeking to heat their homes in the winter, light them after dark, and talk on their cell phones than it does from those who own the homes themselves. Taken together, these regressive taxes account for almost 60 percent of the city’s revenue. In contrast, property taxes—which are, at least in theory, progressive taxes—account for just under 12 percent. The vast wealth of the city, scarcely taxed at all, is locked up in property that African Americans were prevented from buying for most of its history.
Kali Holloway explains, “Condemning racism is easy. Being a true ally in the fight against white supremacy requires time and research.”