A college sophomore has been praised online after candidly revealing how her white privilege enabled her to run around a campus with a dangerous weapon – while a black student was accused of being a dangerous gunman after carrying a glue gun around the same college.
Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, was in the news earlier this month after going into lockdown for four hours over reports of a gunman on campus.
However, investigators soon found that the panic all came from witnesses mistaking a glue gun for a real firearm – a glue gun that happened to be in the hand of a black student.
Now, the community at the university is questioning whether or not the young man was racially profiled, and one former student has spoken out to candidly illustrate that point with a powerful post about her own white privilege.
Colgate student Jenny Lundt shared a picture of herself the day after the lockdown, posing with one leg up on a chair and a sword held aloft.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘THIS is what white privilege looks like.’
She explained that the photo had been taken one year earlier on the university campus. In fact, she claimed that she had spent the day ‘running around the academic quad with a f****** sharp metal sword.’
‘People laughed – oh look at that harmless, silly white girl with a giant sword!!” she said.
She then compared that reaction to the one that was elicited by a black student walking around campus with a glue gun.
Jenny also mentioned that the vague information released about the alleged shooter ‘put all black men on this campus in danger.’
‘That is the reality of the institutionalized racism in the United States,’ she said. ‘If you think for even a second this wasn’t profiling, ask yourself why this sword is still in my room and has not ONCE made anyone uncomfortable. No one has EVER called the police on me.’