When I was 16 I was picked up for shoplifting some makeup from my neighborhood grocery store. I wasn't arrested though. The police officer lectured me on just how badly I had surely let down my mother. Today, I can't help but think of that night and now different it was for me than it was for Michael Brown.
I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.