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

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Then there’s the media, which tends to portray white youths who shoot up schools and drive drunk or use drugs as being clean-cut kids who went awry, while casting black youths who get into fights at school, or curse or smoke as hopelessly incorrigible.

What turns logic on its head here is that privilege ought to help parents raise decent kids without the pressures of poverty. If anything, it would make more sense for a poor struggling kid with no options, no access to therapy or to the Betty Ford Center, to succumb to drinking or drugs to deal with the despair he or she sees every day.

And why in the hell is Ethan the victim of his parents not reprimanding him? It’s not as if they are too consumed with survival issues to not take the time to raise him.

But I guess they don’t have to worry about that. A judge has already bought into a psychologist’s asinine diagnosis of privilege being an illness and not an asset.

Eric Boyles, the man who lost his wife and daughter to Ethan’s drunkenness, said that the teenager never apologized or showed remorse for what he did. And why should he? He’s been told that he’s not rude. Just sick.

And so is the system that let him get away with murder.

Tonyaa Weathersbee is an award-winning columnist based in Jacksonville, Fla. Follow her @tonyaajw. Or like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tonyaajweathersbee.

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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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