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When Ed Buck Goes on Trial, So Does White Privilege

It’s hard to believe that nearly four years have passed since the first Black death at Ed Buck’s home, but he and his white privilege are finally set to go on trial.


William West Seegmiller
William West Seegmiller

We also can’t ignore the issue of sex workers being targeted by serial killers. Jasmyne, are you familiar with the Lords of Bakersfield? In the 80’s an old-boy politico network trafficked vulnerable (mostly white) teenaged male hustlers, like Robert “Bobby” Mistrel. Robert was recently released after serving decades in jail for attacking one of his traffickers, a complicated case similarly determined by issues of class, influence and political networks protecting their own. Buck’s white privilege can never entirely account for the way the system protected him.

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