Hardcore progressives love to advance the idea of “white privilege” as an example of how everything is just perfect for white folks. “Male privilege” is presented the same way. If you’re white and male, well … screw you, buddy.
The bulk of the nation, however, doesn’t buy into that nonsense. While they might be willing to listen to reasonable discourse on topics like racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry, you can only take it so far before things get out of hand.
That’s something that a female police captain in Indiana didn’t consider before she spouted that off to another officer. The other officer had asked for the source of a claim that transgender people are more than three times more likely to be the victim of police violence. It’s an inflammatory claim, and it makes sense for someone to question where it’s from.
After the officer notes that no one he knows, at all, has ever been the victim of police violence, Captain Carri Weber talked “white privilege.”
Here’s the video of the incident:
He is clearly upset following this, and I can’t say that I blame him.
The Washington Post identifies the statistic as coming from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Despite the broad-sounding name, it describes itself as an LGBTQ advocacy group. The report with this data comes from 2012, as noted in the video.
Captain Weber was placed on paid administrative leave. The questioning officer is described by the Post as having 28 years of experience in law enforcement, which indicates he has the relevant background to question her claim.
Weber’s decision to parrot a Leftist talking point was certainly foolish. She could have just as easily commented that the officer wasn’t particularly likely to associate with people who might find themselves involved in a negative police interaction. It would have probably made the same point, but it would have avoided the social justice jihadi language. Further, she probably wouldn’t have risked losing her job over the matter.
Weber was reinstated yesterday after a panel decided her comments didn’t warrant termination. A letter of reprimand was placed in her file. Frankly, I’m amazed that she received any punishment at all. Perhaps it’s a sign that people are getting sick of this stuff.
Weber may be back at work, but I’m wondering just how many of her colleagues are looking at her differently now.