WPN (White Privilege News)
To Be A Straight White Male In America…
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I just read via The Cut something that made my blood boil. The headline says:
Stanford Swimmer Who Raped Unconscious Woman Gets Short Sentence Because Jail Would Have a ‘Severe Impact on Him’
I figured that these days, click bait is a wild innovation. The most outlandish information would be thrown into a title only to bring us to an anticlimactic story. However, I clicked, and the madness that I read actually blew me away. Brock Allen Turner was found raping an unconscious woman reportedly behind a dumpster by fellow students. While you’d think the punishment warranted for such a disgusting crime would be heavy and unforgiving, Judge Aaron Persky felt like it would be best to cradle a criminal. The well-being of a rapist mattered more than that of a permanently-scarred victim. A six-month sentence for rape, plus three years of probation… might as well put him in time-out and preach patronizingly about how “this hurts me more than it hurts you”. Seriously, this is the definition of RAPE CULTURE. A woman’s body is not fair game, and there are too many vulture-like men who roam freely thinking so. Obviously, if she is in no position to give consent (like being unconscious, for instance) that does not mean a man should take that as consent. I hope this shakes up public perception of male sexual violence to understand that the responsibility does not fall on the actions of the victim, but the actions and thinking of the suspect.
This is also a very spot-on example of white privilege, and scoff if you want while reading that, but my beliefs are that there is no coincidence here. It’s how our justice system generally works-with excuses and wrist slaps where there needs to be punishment. If you don’t know what that looks like, I ask that you search up one word… affluenza. A racially-biased justice system also plays into media outlets granting white men the chance to save face and soften the blow of public scrutiny with carefully handpicked background details, fluffy, sympathetic headlines and sweet photos. Don’t believe me? Just look at these which are about Sandy Hook Elementary School’s mass murderer/psychopath/terrorist/thug, Adam Lanza…
There is currently a petition on Change.org for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from his judicial position. It reads:
“Despite a unanimous guilty verdict, three felony convictions, the objections of 250 Stanford students, Jeff Rosen the district attorney for Santa Clara, as well as the deputy district attorney who likened Turner to ‘a predator searching for prey’ Judge Persky allowed the lenient sentence suggested by the probation department.”
It should be apparent by now the definition and poor executions of “justice” need to be revisited and corrected. Quite often it seems like there are half-minded attempts to create blurred lines (no pun intended). Read more at FonzFranc.com