In December 2013, news broke that a young, well-to-do 16-year-old White male named Ethan Couch had been sentenced to probation after mowing down four people in a drunken stupor, killing them all and injuring two others. The claim: he suffered from something called “affluenza” – a problem which kept him from truly understanding the consequences of his actions because he had grown up never really having to answer for anything. Now, Couch is defying those orders and evading capture by police, and even the FBI and US Marshals. Oddly though, there seems to be a deafening silence coming from all those people shouting “all lives matter” at the protestors and demonstrators all over this country who have been speaking out against the murders of innocent Black and Brown people. I wonder why…
I don’t wonder why. I’m being completely facetious. I know that no one is screaming “all lives matter” about this because this kid is White and well-off. His privilege shrouds him from responsibility for his actions – even when those actions include murder.
In June 2013, Couch stole alcohol from a local Walmart and got wasted. It was after stealing the illegal substances that he decided to get behind the wheel of a truck with his two friends riding in the truck bed. During his drunken, criminal escapade, he came upon a youth pastor, two women, and a child. Everyone in the ensuing accident was either killed or seriously injured except Couch. Not only did he come out of the accident okay, he was given the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. There were no major protests after the decision was made. No White people wringing their hands lamenting the harm done by this irreverent, reckless White kid to these innocent White people. Not. A. Single. Peep.
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