Newell's hot debate about white privilege in America

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Newell says, "making success synonymous with White privilege is a dangerous proposition; it minimizes Black success." So how does white privilege manifest itself in our economy? How about our criminal justice system?Following up after a segment about the radical "decarceral" District Attorney nominee Tiffany Cabán, Newell took a call from Daniel on the Westbank, who had somewhat of a different take on the new ways of approaching criminal justice that Cabán and other progressive district attorneys and attorneys general are bringing to the table. He posits that Cabán's approach is meant to alleviate the affects of racism in policing and sentencing. 

"Cabán represents a new idea shift for a large portion of this country," Daniel began."You gave some valid concerns, but the current criminal justice system does not yield the results it claims - we do not actually distribute justice in the United States. What we do is use individuals who have committed crimes as cash cows because of the private prison complex, because of state quotas and the amount of money that's going into different systems and different departments because of how long they incarcerate people. We need to shift our ideology from 'let's put somebody in prison and hold them and that's enough deterrence.' We need to shift it to, 'let's actually realize that these are still human beings, sometimes human beings make horrible mistakes, and we need to make sure they don't make that mistake again.'"Newell replied, "The only argument is, how do you go about best doing that, and where does victim impact come in to this system? Because whats happening now is they're creating a dialogue by which if you're opposed to the views they're proposing, you're heartless!""There has to be some level of punishment," Daniel said. "We can both agree that if there is a crime, the law should be carried out and somebody should be punished for that crime. But the way it's done right now is not equitable.""When you say it's not equitable," Newell asked, "meaning how?""I'm an African-American male, born and raised in Louisiana. African-Americans make up 13-15% of the population, but if you look at the prison population, some of the more moderate estimates put us at roughly 40-50% of the prison population. The reason that happens is because the law, even though we have it written out plain and clear, is not carried out the same for every individual."A little later, Daniel had this to say, and may have been surprised to hear that Newell agreed with him in one regard."The FBI and other third-party groups have found that along racial lines, everyone pretty commits the same amount of crime at the same general rate... so that's what perplexes people like myself and Ms Cabán, because if that's true, and it is true, then why is it that certain groups of people, particularly African-Americans and Latin Americans, have longer stays in prison - their sentencing is much longer?""Let's not focus on the outcome," Newell said, "because I agree with you. I believe there is a strain that runs through sentencing that is not completely devoid of race. I very much advocate for if X, than Y. If you get convicted of crime X, you get sentence Y. No range, no discretion - it's outlined in the law, this is what you get. That's the only way we'll move beyond this disproportionate impact argument, is to remove judicial discretion in sentencing. The irony is, the Left does not want that!"Daniel also pointed to white privilege as the culprit not just in justice outcomes, but in disproportionate incidents leading to arrest or incarceration."I've personally experienced, and seen and heard stories of individuals who, because of race and class, have had interactions with police while their white peers have not... its the difference between a police officer handcuffing a 12-year-old boy for getting in a fight at school because he's black and from a low-income neighborhood, when the same kind of fight that happened in a more economically privileged neighborhood with a White child, and he will not be  handcuffed, he will not be processed. So we can look at the numbers, but we have to look at the numbers and know that the numbers are sometimes flawed."