I’m sure some of you would love to see NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio get called out.
Well, it happened: The guy was fingered for his privilege.
That would be, the one that comes with being white.
And it occurred within his own family.
Such was the news Bill brought to a TIME 100 Talks conference Tuesday.
Bill explained that his daughter, Chiara — whose mother is black — has laid it out for him more than once.
As per the mayor, Chiara “would talk to [him] about [his] own white privilege.”
And: “She’s usually right.”
It seems to me the acceptance of such an idea would require him to step down: If his power has come through unjust privilege, what right does he have to keep one of the most authoritative positions in the nation?
Why not turn it over to a person less fortunate? And never vie for a position of power again?
Perhaps he’s just not there yet. According to the New York Post, de Blasio said he’s “[starting] to be open” to his wrongful advantage.
And Bill praised his daughter:
“Usually her underlying impulse with me having to come to grips with something over many, many years has usually been right.”
Chiara’s a socially conscious individual: As reported by RedState’s Elizabeth Vaughn, the Big Apple’s First Daughter was arrested for blocking traffic in the turbulent aftermath of George Floyd’s outrageous death.
Bill responded at the time via a press conference:
“I love my daughter deeply I honor her. I’m proud of her that she cares so much she was willing to go out there and so something about it.
She was acting peacefully. She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest.
“This is not someone who would not ever commit any violence. She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking.
“I admire that she was out there trying to change something she thought was unjust and trying to do something in a peaceful manner.”
He wasn’t, however, so proud of the Sergeants Benevolent Association for posting Chiara’s arrest record to Twitter.
Association President Edward Mullins had asked:
“Is that why you’re tying our hands, because your daughter is out there?”
Bill saw it as an invasion of privacy:
“The SBA did something unconscionable. They do this all the time with people’s privacy. They really should reevaluate what they are doing.”
Twitter agreed. They suspended the SBA’s account.
So it goes, I suppose, for someone living with privilege.
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