Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Mighty White Of You, Pat

Ah, so nice that Rep. Patrick Kennedy wants to be down wit tha brothas:

Denying that he was drunk and or that he asked the Capitol Police for preferential treatment, Kennedy, a Rhode Island congressman, said he's prepared "in terms of bookings, in terms of mug shots, fingerprints, whatever they might have me do."

"It's what anyone else would have done to them if they were an African-American in Anacostia," Kennedy said in a shaky voice, referring to the mostly minority neighborhood in southeastern Washington.
So wonderful that he's ready to be treated like, gosh, a black person when it comes to the judicial process.

Now, I don't know a whole lot of black (or white)folks, of course, that get to blow off work to enter rehab for three weeks after crashing their car on the U.S. Capitol compound.

But that's just me.

Apparently, it hasn't dawned on the good Mr. Kennedy that just the fact that he is able to even contemplate how he should be treated demonstrates his own sense of privelege.

Most people -- particularly black men, for example -- don't have the optiion of saying, "Treat me as you would a wealthy son of a political dynasty -- or treat me as if I were an African-American in Anacostia. It's your call."

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