Don't know? Here's an example:
Joseph Houseman, a 63-year-old white man who, back in May, stood with a rifle on a street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Someone called 911 and reported this. When police arrived, Houseman refused to identify himself, grabbed his crotch, flipped them the bird and cursed.
The police talked him down in an encounter that lasted 40 minutes.
Houseman was not arrested.
The next day, he got his gun back.
He also, while carrying a loaded weapon while intoxicated, had no ID on him at the time.
Twelve year old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun. Someone called 911 and reported this. The police confronted him after the 911 call; and within 2 seconds, fatally shot him in his stomach. Twelve years old. He died the next day from the wounds.
Joseph Houseman, an armed old white guy who mouthed off to the police and did not comply with what the police commanded him to do, got talked down.
Tamir Rice, a black child with a pellet gun, got taken down, shot in his twelve year old stomach.
Can someone explain the difference in how the police reacted to these two similar confrontations?
The yahoos on the extremist Bagger blogs all solemnly pronounce that if Eric Garner had cooperated with the police, the police wouldn't have had to choke him to death. Garner was unarmed. Houseman was armed. Houseman did not cooperate with the police, was disrespectful to them, and nothing happened to him. No only did Houseman not cooperate with the police, he flipped them the bird, and yet they took 40 minutes to talk him down. The police did not shoot or attempt to choke Houseman on the spot. Why?
Why was a 12-year old Tamir Rice, shot within 2 seconds of the police driving up to the gazebo where he was sitting and playing with the pellet gun? And the old white guy who ignored the police and did not do what they commanded him to do was not?
Tell us why this isn't an example of white privilege.
Then tell us why it doesn't make you sick.
More white privilege, this time a teen in Aurora, Colorado, (of all places) open-carrying and being disrespectful to a cop.
Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald:
"...anyone looking to define white privilege would be well advised to ponder the 40 minutes police spent sorting things out with the white man and the two seconds it took them to shoot the black boy. Privilege, you see, is not about being born with a silver spoon in one hand and a scholarship in the other. One can be poorer than dirt and a sixth-grade dropout and still enjoy white privilege. Because privilege is about the instant assumptions people make about you — your worth, your honesty, your intelligence — based on color of skin."