Carlos Lozada, in his astounding review of Phoebe Maltz Bovy’s book “The Perils of Privilege,” appeared to take at face value the author’s assertion that the privilege contruct’s “role as an aide in online bullying exceeds its utility as a theoretical framework” [“Here’s the very last thing about privilege you’ll ever need to read,” Outlook, March 26]. I have trouble squaring this assertion given, among other things, the numerous videos showing African American citizens being treated very differently from the way I, a white male, have been treated by police during traffic stops.
In fact, Michelle Alexander wrote a book, “The New Jim Crow,” describing how layers of police and prosecutor discretion systematically turn a citizen population that uniformly uses drugs into an overwhelmingly black and brown prison population. The lack of “privilege,” also known as basic human respect, has shredded the fabric of minority communities all over the United States. Are we supposed to ignore all this and “focus on differences in financial capital rather than cultural capital”?
Jonathan Krall, Alexandria