(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.
— me. (@aRedMosquito) July 15, 2013
Dad as teenager:got in fights,went joyriding,drank booze,played urban thug.What teens did then & there. Lived to tell&laugh.#WhitePrivilege
— Lux Tempo (@luxtempo) July 15, 2013
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
— Monstrosity Jenkins (@symphonydog) July 15, 2013
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
— Christine Slocum (@ChristineLeigh1) July 15, 2013
— P Kearns (@patchworksoul) July 14, 2013
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