If 'Walter White' Had Been 'Walter Black' And Other Observations On White Privilege In TV

Oh, boy. Yeah ... I kind of can't see it going the same way for African-American characters as it did for Caucasian ones.

If 'Walter White' Had Been 'Walter Black' And Other Observations On White Privilege In TV

There are a lot of mixed messages going on in the world today about what black Americans face, and there's a lot of resistance to the term "white privilege" from many of the very people who benefit from it.

Humor is a great way to try to bring some of these points to light because laughing is cathartic. While a funny video concept won't change anyone's mind completely, I think it *can* give us all something to think on awhile. Would your favorite bad-boy TV shows have been the same if the lead protagonist had been black? What a marvelous question!

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This article originally appeared on 01.09.18

Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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