Rape is one of the most personal intrusions upon another person’s body and mind along with torture. It seems to have become commonplace on today’s college campuses and in the military with very little being done to prevent such transgressions. Far too many men go unpunished or are never brought to trial. Most crimes are not even reported because it is the responsibility of the victim to prove her rights and body were violated. If I were a women, I would be mad as hell and demand that rape laws be changed similar to those of the 1964 Civil Rights Act making the corporations or individual charged with discrimination “guilty until proven innocent.” This is unlike civil law where you are “innocent until proven guilty.”
As with the case of Brock Turner, another White Privileged male, Austin James Wilkerson, has received what amounts to no jail time, (in Turner’s case six months) for being CONVICTED of the crime of rape. These men were found GUILTY and convicted in a court of law. According to my research, no Black man in the history of the United States has ever been convicted for the crime of rape and not serve time in prison. The average time in prison for a Black male convicted for rape is close to twenty years.
Despite these atrocities committed by white men who were convicted and found guilty of rape with no jail time, the news media and public are focused on a Black man, Nate Parker, who was found NOT GUILTY in a rape case which is now 17 years old. The attention on Nate Parker, the writer, director, and star of the movie Birth Of A Nation is because he is Black. No farther articles have been published about Brock Turner or Austin Wilkerson in the national media who were found GUILTY and CONVICTED of rape? This is an astonishing example of White Privilege supported by the news media.
So, if you have any questions concerning the existence of White Privilege in America, this article will provide you with some insights.