White privilege and Ryan Lochte’s Olympic Debacle

Ryan Lochte and the other swimmers who decided to lie and use negative stereotypes that are used to degrade the region as the basis for their deception deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Their actions are a microcosm of whites in American have long since blamed people of color for there crimes. Amanda Knox comes to mind. Remember her? When Knox was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, her first response was to implicate Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a Congolese-born resident of Italy who owned a bar in Perugia named Le Chic where Knox worked part time. Lumumba was promptly arrested. Knox told Italian police in a written statement that she saw Lumumba enter Kercher’s room on the evening of Nov. 1, 2007. She later admitted that this version of events was made up, but she implied that it was made up under duress. Lumumba spent two weeks in an Italian jail before Knox’s story fell apart.

What about Susan Smith’s lying ass. Smith’s case garnered the attention of the world when she claimed in October 1994 that she had been carjacked in South Carolina by a Black man who drove away with her two young sons — ages 3 years old and 14 months — still in the car. For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for their rescue. But following an intensive investigation and a nationwide search, she confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protegé roll into nearby John D. Long Lake, drowning them inside. She was sentenced to life in prison for their murder. Smith will be eligible for parole on Nov. 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of thirty years.

Lesser publicized cases like Bonnie Sweeten also attempted to frame people of color. Forty-year-old Sweeten of Pennsylvania was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2012 after stealing money from her family and the law firm where she worked and telling authorities she and her daughter had been kidnapped by two Black men in a Cadillac — launching a massive search for the fictitious kidnappers. In actuality, Sweeten had used the stolen money to taken her daughter to Disney World. The crazy thing is shit like this had been going on for years. George Stinney was famous for the wrong reasons. Stinney, who was Black, was convicted of the first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls by an all-white jury in South Carolina. No physical evidence existed in the case, and the sole evidence against Stinney was the circumstantial fact the girls had spoken with Stinney and his sister shortly before their murder and the testimony of three police officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed to the murders. Killed by electric chair in June 1944 at age 14, Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. On Dec. 17, 2014, Stinney’s conviction was vacated by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen, effectively clearing his name.
It’s a damn shame that he was considered innocent over 50 years later. America is funny that way.   

For a country that’s supposed to be so progressive things really haven’t changed that much. Brazil is a dangerous place , no doubt about that. There were 60K homicides in 2014 alone so there should be little doubt about the looming dangers outside of the Olympic village but for Lochte and the other swimmers to blantanly lie about being robbed and to indicate that the natives of Rio had something to do with it is fucked up. It shows why we need a movement like #BlackLivesMatter is necessary in America. It shows exactly why racism exists in America.  At the end of the day white people have never valued black lives in any capacity other than manketary gain. 


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