“Affluenza”: An Illness Concocted By the Virus of White Privilege

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  • I guess I should be shocked that a judge and a psychologist in Texas would see a rich white kid as a victim of his privilege before seeing the people he killed as victims of his drunkenness.

    But I’m not.

    That’s the thing about privilege; it extends to being able to rewrite rules and to turn logic on its head. And that’s what happened in Texas recently, in the case of 16-year-old Ethan Couch. This kid was sloppy drunk, driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone, and, as a result, killed four people, including a mother and daughter, and severely injured another.

    But his parents’ money bought him a good lawyer and a cunning psychologist who told the court that Ethan was a victim of too much privilege; that he had never been reprimanded for his actions in the past and therefore, was not responsible for the deaths that he caused.

    Poor Ethan, he said, suffered from “affluenza.” And the judge apparently bought it; instead of sending him to juvenile hall for 20 years with probation eligibility after two years, he gave Ethan 10 years of probation.

    I call that white privilege on steroids. But it’s easy to see how things have come to this.

    For many years now, white youths and rich white people in general, have been able to get away with crimes that black people, and especially poor black people, would be put under the jail for.

    An example: A 2005 Urban League report showed that black men are three times more likely to be jailed for crimes than white men once they are arrested, and 24.4 percent of black people arrested that year were incarcerated, compared to 8.3 percent of white men.

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    12 thoughts on ““Affluenza”: An Illness Concocted By the Virus of White Privilege

    1. Tonya You are fostering racism with your posts.. Plenty of black teenagers have goten away with horendus crimes and used the excuse that we are black and have nowhere to turn to
      . Why dont you write about the KNOCKOUT Game where Black
      Kids try to KNOCK OUT white elderly people.

      • Not only is Boyd a liberal judge, she’s also a wealthy judge. No wonder she’s not running for another term. With the payout she got from little Ethan’s parents, she can well afford to retire.

    2. IF THERE IS AN ILLNESS CONNECTED TO AN ABUNDANCE OF WEALTH IS THERE A NAME FOR THE GENERATIONS THAT HAVE SUFFERED AND DIED FROM THE AFFLICATION OF POVERTY. IF THERE WAS EVER A SITUATION THAT CAUSES POOR JUDGEMENT , SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND FOR OUR COMMUNITIES SELF HATE AND VIOLENCE IT IS POVERTY.

    3. Generally the group known as “they” tend to say when white youths drive drunk and use drugs are merely “going through a phase.” When they shoot up schools, they suffer from some disease with a long name that nobody ever heard of. Judges will be reading the handwriting on the wall. Given the blow back this case with Ethan has gotten, a cure is going to get found real fast for “Affluenza.”

    4. I haven’t heard white people say he got away with murder like OJ. As soon as they think someone got away with murder they will still mention OJ and forget Ethan. He will move up in his upper circle, probably get a name change or mommy or daddy will pay to have his records closed and he will live as nothing never happened. The judge is right it’s call “White Privilege” I have been saying that for years and no one wanted to hear it but the judge just legally verified it for me.

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