Reflect on the discussion about history, our foundational structures, the "red lining" of families of color out of opportunity for economic advancement, the connection between poverty, educational opportunity, and incarceration. Are you able to see those connections?
I am thinking of a conversation that I had with someone in an online forum. She was a Gold Star mother (mother of a soldier killed in duty) and was furious about George Floyd's brother being given the American flag at Floyd's funeral. She felt it took away from the meaning of the US Burial Flag for active military. No amount of proof that the US Burial Flag is not "reserved" for military but it is a military tradition that bestows honor would convince her that her son was being disrespected. I could so clearly see the intersection of "law and order" with whiteness and military service and white fragility, but I was without words to be able to respond to it in a way that could engage her (she blocked me after two responses). It's infuriating that real human life cost is being swept under a blanket of white priveledge and entitlement. The conversation up till that point had reflected assumptions that clearly placed poverty in communities of color as a problem with the people, not the system. In education, seeing how white kids who act up get "a talking-to" while Black kids who act up in the exact same way or less get the cops called on them starts the school-to-prison pipeline. I hate these connections, and what I hate even more is how people refuse to look at the worldwide statistics of how many the US incarcerates (and who) and just assume it's all the fault of the individuals. The system is to blame, and it must be dismantled.