Krista Vernoff is a TV screenwriter, showrunner, executive producer and director, best known for running the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. She’s also white. Which, according to Vernoff herself, has been her the most important mitigating circumstance every time she got herself into trouble.

So, to make a case for defunding the police, Vernoff tweeted all the times she escaped consequences due to her race. From drunk driving and stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods to beating people up, the woman shared it all and even inspired other people to do the same.

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Vernoff said she was inspired to share the stories after learning about the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot during a struggle with Atlanta police after he was found sleeping in his car in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy’s.

Vernoff talking about white privilege would probably strike a chord with Frances E. Kendall, Ph.D. , a consultant for organizational change specializing in issues of diversity and white privilege. Kendall thinks this subject is extremely difficult for white folks to discuss because many of them don’t feel powerful or as if they have privileges others do not. “It is sort of like asking fish to notice water or birds to discuss air,” Kendall wrote. “For those who have privileges based on race or gender or class or physical ability or sexual orientation or age, it just is – it’s normal.”

Kendall thinks white people can — and should — try to engage in conversations about their privilege more often. “While people of color understand the necessity of being able to read the white system, those of us who are white are able to live out our lives knowing very little of the experiences of people of color. Understanding racism or whiteness is often an intellectual exercise for us, something we can work at for a period of time and then move on, rather than its being central to our survival.”

So, our dear readers, let’s do just that; let’s discuss white privilege in the comments. We are eagerly awaiting your thoughts on the subject.

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