I follow the same routine as Burton and I’m a 50 year old white guy. I’ve had a cop stop me while walking in a safe neighborhood, unholster his gun and aim it at me with a shaky hand because I “fit the description” (there was nothing distinguishing about me at the time other than maybe a short ponytail). I’m not saying there’s no disparity in treatment of whites and blacks, but there may not be as much as some black folks think. I’ve also taught my sons how to act if pulled over – turn off the car, have your license ready, no fast moves, keep your hands in view, no smart ass attitude, etc.
“White Privilege” is so much malarkey. Many whites are treated in similar ways *IF* the po-lice sense that they are from a lower socio-economic background, are strangers in town, or “don’t fit,” or if the cop is having a so-so day and needs to get his jollies harassing someone. Seeing as many women have experienced Sexual harassment from cops, should we then say that lack of sexual harassment is “male privilege”? Of course, cops don’t often beat white women to an inch of their lives, but have no problem beating the crap out of some dumb and young white guy on a deserted, isolated country road.
Why do these things happen? Cops tend to pick on people that they perceive are unable to intelligently fight back — that is, hire a lawyer and get them fired, etc. Now, tell me that many cops today are dumb knuckle-draggers and you won’t get any argument. Are black people treated worse than white people by police? It’s hard to know as many white people do not report their interactions with police… Do police tend to give white people the benefit of the doubt more than black people? maybe so. But look also at police arrest rates for crime. This article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/van-jones/are-blacks-a-criminal-rac_b_8398.html
suggests that while black youths and white youths use drugs at the same rates, black juveniles will be arrested for drugs at at least double the rate of white juveniles. Why? They are easy pickings for predatory policemen…