Christine Sydelko Just Got Called Out For White Privilege Because Of This Problematic Tweet
29 September 2017, 12:03 | Updated: 22 November 2017, 16:56
Christine Sydelko received a lesson in white privilege yesterday after she was called out following a run in with the police.
"I got puled over with a dried bloody nose on my face, a lit joint, and no license," Christine said on Twitter. But despite this all being pretty sketchy (driving while stoned, anyone?), she was not apprehended. "It's amazing what crying will do," Christine added.
Fans of Christine immediately began to point out that her lenient treatment could have been because of her race
"Ily Christine but it's white privilege," one fan replied. Another called her out for not using the opportunity to talk about racism in America, saying "ya had a very perfect opportunity to talk about white privilege there." One person pointed out that "black people [are] in jail for a very very long time because of shit like what you just got on here bragging about."
ya had a very perfect opportunity to talk about white privilege there— mari (@marika_mulroy) September 28, 2017
It’s black people in jail for a very very long time because of shit like what you just got on here bragging about. Girl BYE. pic.twitter.com/cc4jctEeOX— drewhenny__ (@drewwhatitdoo) September 28, 2017
The things crying and being white will get you— paul-e (@bemoregrande) September 28, 2017
In America, black people are up to nine times more likely to be apprehended and killed during police encounters than other Americans. This very fact has been the driving force behind a wave of recent protests in America, where famous American Footballers have chosen to kneel during the national anthem at the start of matches. There have also been a string of high-profile incidents where black people have been killed following what should have been a fairly innocuous encounter with the police (or indeed when the police should have left them alone all together). The death of Philando Castile in 2016 is a particularly important case - he was shot to death by a policeman offer after being pulled over and asked to show ID.
However, some fans have argued that Christine didn't need to make the situation political
"White people aren't obligated to talk about political injustices every time something happens to them that they have zero control over," one fan argued.
Lol but why though? Why does every experience have to be turned into something political? It's a funny story, get over it. White people aren't obligated to talk about political injustices every time something happens to them that they have zero control over.— Kat (@Miirkatx) September 28, 2017
Do you think Christine should have used the opportunity to talk about racism? Let us know!
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