The 'Open America' Protests Are a Classic Example of the Power of White Privilege

In an effort to demonstrate how much they want to “reopen the economy” (or perhaps how badly they hate social distancing and other protective measures in place to ensure people aren’t out here catching the coronavirus), some white folks across the U.S. are protesting outside in the middle of a pandemic with signs like this—calling for either liberty...or COVID-19.

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And that’s not all. A number “open America” protest attendees are walking around publicly strapped as they make their feelings known.


Could you even imagine a group of black people with guns drawn on the steps of a government building? Exactly.

Check out the video above to learn more about the double standards faced by black people who choose to protest, how anti-social isolation protests are basically white privilege in action and more.

Jessica Moulite is an award-winning Video Producer at The Root passionate about dismantling unjust societal power structures and all things Black culture. She's also probably watching “Living Single.”


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Here’s what an Israeli social distancing protest looks like:

To be clear they’re protesting racist monster Benjamin Netanyahu, not quarantine measures. Although Ganz and his party can’t govern alone and many other possible coalition partners seem to actually be worse so I don’t know what they should do.

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