Episode 37: White (Super) Power!

Ann, Becky, and Dan take a deep dive into White Privilege this week. White Privilege has been denied in part, by a large percentage of our caucasian brothers and sisters. The term has been called divisive, reverse racism, and an attempt to make white people feel bad about being white, among other things. Joined by P From Charlotte, we share a handful of times that we’ve experienced White Privilege first hand.

(1:18) What is White Privilege?
In our own words, we each describe what we believe White Privilege is.

(18:16) Experiences with White Privilege (joined by P From Charlotte).

  1. Becky shares a story about her and Dan visiting the French Press coffee shop in Kenner, Louisiana. Becky and Dan ordered 2 coffee drinks, paid, and took a seat. After about 10 minutes they witnessed other customers, who all ordered after them, being served. After about 20 minutes, they saw other customers being served full meals as they still waited for their coffee drinks. After about 30 minutes Dan, wanting to see how long they would be ignored and passed over, threw in the towel and asked for a refund.
  2. Ann shares that she and her mother visited an Olive Garden. They were the only Black people in the restaurant and their waiter refused to serve them. Another waitress, who was serving other tables asked Ann and her mother if they’d like an order of breadsticks and water, and attempted to get Ann’s waiter to serve them. After watching other tables who arrived after them receive their meals, Ann asked to speak with a manager. The manager offered Ann and her mother their meals for free, to which Ann declined. The Olive Garden manager then asked Ann, “do you think that this is because you’re black?”
  3. Dan shares how he and Becky were in the process of renting a house an were told the house was available, until the owners saw Becky. He also shares how an NOPD officer followed him to his car while he was on his way to play basketball. He was pulled over and asked for his license, registration, and his debit card? The officer then threw all of his documents into his lap and left without an explanation. Dan was also told at a boutique while shopping for a fragrance that he was probably in the wrong place because he couldn’t possibly afford anything there.
  4. We call Paul at (34:22) to share a few of his stories. Paul tells us how a fellow firefighter stole around $700 in cash out of his wallet which was in his locker at the fire station. When Paul reported the theft he was accused by his superiors of losing his rent money in “fantasy football gambling.” Paul was forced to take a polygraph to prove that he did in fact have $700 before his claim would be investigated. After he passed and the crime was investigated a fellow firefighter confessed to stealing his money. The firefighter was subsequently charged with theft and allowed to “resign” from the department. Weeks later he was hired in a neighboring county’s fire department. Paul also shares how other ethnicities have adopted some of the tactics used by white supremacists to harass black people. A Mexican restaurant owner threatened to call the police on Paul for complaining that the dish he ordered wasn’t prepared correctly. Also Paul tells us about a call he ran as a medic in the Fairfax County Fire Department to provide medical assistance to an injured country club member. While Paul and his Black co-worker were tending to the injuries, they were called niggers multiple times by other country club members.

(51:27) Weaponizing the Police.
Calling the police on people of color who haven’t broken any laws isn’t a new tactic used by white supremacists as a form of harassment, but it’s becoming much more dangerous than it previously was. With the recent widespread police killings of unarmed Black men, any encounter with the police could prove to be deadly.

(52:30) Starbucks.
Dan starts off with who he calls “Uncle Tom’s Barista,” which is about a video circulationing of a minority Starbucks employee denying a Black man use of the bathroom without buying anything. The man then catches a White man exiting the bathroom, introduces himself, then asks the White man if he purchased anything prior to using the bathroom. The White man says that he did not purchase anything prior to being given the bathroom code. When the Black man brings this to the attention to the Starbucks employee that denied him the code, she became hostile, threatening to call the police if he didn’t leave.

We ask Ann if in the Philly incident where the 2 black men waiting on a friend for a business meeting, were technically breaking the law.

(61:39) White Privilege in the Workplace.
It’s been proven that people of color make less money than their white counterparts when doing the same job. Not only is there pay inequality among genders, there is pay inequality among ethnicities.

(85:15) Ask an Attorney.
I rented an apartment that had all utilities included. I found out that my landlord put the utilities in my name and he hasn’t paid them because I got a collections notice. What can I do?

(87:27) How “Woke” is Afro Becky?
Who is Medgar Evers?