More On Acceptable and Unacceptable Victims

by matttbastard

Christina with the question (and subsequent answer) of the day:

[What] if Hope Steffey had been black? Or an immigrant? Or gay? Or trans? Or poor? We would have immediately wondered what she had done. When we heard that she’d handed the cop the wrong ID, we would probably have thought she was trying to pull something. When we heard that she demanded it back, we might have assumed she “gave the cop attitude”. She might have gotten the benefit of the doubt that she hadn’t caused it somehow or that the reaction had been out-of-proportion to the infraction but there would have been a doubt there–there must be in order to get a “benefit of”.

Werd.

Also make sure to check out the AlterNet article that provoked Christina’s musings, along with the related discussion at Feministe.

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