An alternative weekly newspaper in Portland, Oregon has announced the discovery of the new white privilege of allegedly smelling like marijuana and not getting killed by police during traffic stops.
The Portland Mercury announced its discovery of this new white privilege last week in a section called Cannabuzz.
The new white privilege of smelling like marijuana and not getting shot by cops revealed itself to the Cannabuzz writer, Josh Jardine, around the time of the one-year anniversary of the death of 32-year-old black gun owner Philando Castile at the hands of a suburban Minneapolis police officer.
The office, Jeronimo Yanez, shot Castile in July 2016 during a traffic stop. Yanez said he pulled Castile over because he believed Castile may have matched the description of a robbery suspect.
During the exchange, Yanez shot Castile seven times at close range in front of his four-year-old daughter and his girlfriend.
Yanez defended his actions by saying he believed he smelled marijuana and he thought that Castile was going for his gun.
“I’ve been struggling to frame the tragedy properly,” Jardine writes in The Portland Mercury. Jardine “may still be part of the problem,” he says, which is “cannabis and white privilege.”
“I’ve hotboxed more than a hundred vehicles, though never as a driver,” Jardine writes.
Urban Dictionary defines “hotbox” as “an air-tight room or vehicle that contains one or more pot smokers.” The benefit of the air-tight space is that marijuana smoke is “unable to escape.” Consequently, marijuana users in a hotbox “may find themselves totally fucked beyond the point of speech after about 30 minutes.”
In any event, Jardine recounts that he and his companions “got pulled over more than once” during their escapades.
“At no time did it ever cross my mind we would be shot. Because smelling like a plant is not an offense that’s punishable by death,” Jardine relates.
“That’s my white privilege showing. I take for granted that my consumption of cannabis will not result in a disproportionate response by law enforcement that leads to my demise.”
The Portland Mercury writer also declares that America’s cannabis industry “is still vastly owned and operated by white people.” It must “encourage investment and ownership into minority cannabis businesses,” “support cannabis conviction expungements for people of color” and “speak up on the vastly disparate arrests and sentencing for cannabis offenses placed upon POC.”
Last Saturday — four days before The Portland Mercury announced its discovery of the white privilege of smelling like marijuana without getting killed by police — a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed a white Australian woman just minutes after she called 911 to report an assault near her home. (RELATED: Minneapolis Police Kill Australian Woman Who Called 911 To Report Assault)
The woman, 40-year-old Justine Damond, lived in Minneapolis with her fiancé. She was killed in the alley behind her home while talking to police officers who had responded to the 911 call. One of those officers, Mohamed Noor, shot Damond through the driver’s side window while she was talking to the cop who was driving. Noor seated on the passenger side of his police cruiser.
The location where police killed Damond is 10 miles from the location where police shot Castile.
Last month, a jury acquitted Yanez, the cop who killed Castile, on all manslaughter charges. (RELATED: Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Philando Castile)
Earlier this summer, the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota settled a civil suit related to the Castile shooting by agreeing to pay $3 million to Castile’s family.
Castile, who supervised a cafeteria at a Montessori magnet school, had a license to carry a firearm.
There is zero evidence that Castile was “hotboxing” — or ever “hotboxed.”