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View Diary: The Boston Marathon Bombing Shows Us How White Privilege Hurts White People...Again (110 comments)

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  •  Let me get this straight.... (0+ / 0-)

    Are you suggesting that if the person was black or latino, he would not have been able to leave a backpack unnoticed? Also, how does a bystander "see" malicious intent?

    •  that is the point (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, Avila

      we know alot about racial profiling and how people process "neutral" intent. as someone who has been profiled as "arab" by TSA and Homeland Security and also followed around department stores because I was--shock--dressed just like the other folks there who were white, the observation that race matters here is spot on.

      we also have some great data about shoplifting at department stores for example which points out how white men--the largest group of pro shoplifters--are able to get away with it because they are not seen de facto as "suspicious." store security is chasing around black and brown folks when they should be focused on their own employees, white men, and middle age to elderly white women.

      the new yorker had a great piece on that a few years ago.

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