Why You Don’t Think Acts Of Whiteness Equates To Acts Of Violence?
Starbucks Hint: It is due to the culturalization of race — its injustice is legally acceptable
The law is absolutely on the side of whiteness. When it comes to profiling the people of color considered historically inferior, dangerous, undesirable or unworthy of patronage, consideration, time, and communal space in the public domain, their fate is subject to marked discrimination. Certain public spaces are restrictedly off-limits if you have no capital, but if you are perceived to have no social capital or don’t plan to use any capital, then you are liable to become a victim of institutional bias and callousness.
An everyday instance of noncompliance to the racial hierarchy or nonconformity to racial etiquette was virally shared and has since been widely reported when, according to the Washington Post, “a white female employee” of Starbucks called the police on two black men who explained that they were waiting for their counterpart or associate named Yaffe — who apparently is white and seen defending their presence and statements to that actuality to officers/overseers.
Institutions continue to claim and are even reserving certain public spaces for the implicit privilege and use of those who are perceived to have the prerequisite racial etiquette. Call it segregational refurbishing or the unofficial Jim Crow restoration act of Making America Great Again.
Emboldened by the audacity of Trumpism, it was always hidden in plain sight and observably explicit in discordance of equality and equity — running rife and embedded in American society. Racism and or race theory is truistic of American culture and is strictly enforced by just about every institution with a name.
Legally, no wrong-doing on the part of Starbucks, nor the police is evident. As a matter-of-fact the two men arrested and held captive for nearly nine hours, presumably at the precinct, where they were fingerprinted for booking, had no ethical nor legal basis, because there “wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge with a crime” as relayed by Benjamin Waxman, a spokesman for the office of the Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Why? Because its cultural
This kind of existence in a culturalized sphere of racialization can drive you batty.
The police commissioner, Richard Ross who is black, staunchly defended the actions of the officers because both men had not purchased anything, but had the nerve to ask to use the bathroom. A Starbucks policy, selectively adhered to in certain locations refused that basic human right and subsequently the men were asked to leave and shortly thereafter the police were called to remove them. When they refused to leave because they were expecting their counterpart to arrive, the officers/overseers deemed them to be in noncompliance and arrested them after they alleged 3 requests to do so. Through the racialized lens of our institutions this is somehow the right of law enforcement.
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy; they did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen,” Ross said. “And instead, they got the opposite back.” Ross said police arrested the men after they refused three requests to leave.
The commissioner also remarked that he was aware of issues of implicit bias but that it was not applicable to this incident. Implicit bias is a misnomer used flippantly, and has dubious quality of why such malevolent attitudes and behavior are often and conveniently conveyed. Since implicit bias delves into the realm of unconsciousness, it is unworthy of mention and characteristically inconclusive in attempting to support bias — especially racial bias. This is an aspect of empirically derived pseudo-profound bullshit¹, which seemingly is more so learned or conditioned. It is quite possible its red herring usage by Police Commissioner Ross is also serving as a coping mechanism in response to the duties of upholding a storied institution of civil rights violation — unjustly, but legally.