I was totally expecting this. After all the pre-press conference press conferences and posturing, we all saw this coming from a mile away. And I’m still profoundly disappointed—but not surprised—that Darren Wilson won’t be indicted for killing an unarmed child. Score one for cynicism and geographical distance as a buffer.

Because I can log out of twitter and hit pause on the live stream while I swallow nearly incandescent rage.

I’ll never have to worry about any kids I have when they walk down the street; I can comfortably approach police and expect help if I need it; I will probably never be stopped on the street in my life. So I can’t understand the deep well of rage protesters in Ferguson are drawing from as they express their disappointment and anger. I can’t understand the yawning gap between the Land of the Free and their daily experiences. Rioting might not seem at all productive to me as a tangible expression of profound indignation (interesting take on moving forward here). That’s not the point. It’s not for me to tout Martin Luther King, Jr. over Malcolm X. It’s not my fight, nor is it my place to speak over those who rightfully demand an accounting for this and other all too similar tragedies.

In sum:

White privilege is me being outraged and angered by the #FergusonDecision rather than utterly terrified.–@ScottMandelson


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