Matt Roloff's Son Reveals How His 'White Privilege' Helped Him Avoid a Ticket from a Cop
Jacob Roloff spoke out against racial discrimination after an encounter with a road police officer.
"I think, as a white person, you are being intellectually dishonest if you insist there is not a disparity in how we are treated by the police."
The 22-year-old son of Matt Roloff shared that he was driving to Northern California when a police officer yelled at him about not wearing his seatbelt.
The police officer, however, did not pursue him or give him a ticket.
Jacob wrote: “I drove for the next few minutes I felt and thought a lot of things, but one persists: I just benefitted from white privilege. I couldn’t really stop it, other than by demanding I receive a ticket, which would not impact the root of this in any way. So here I am, in California now, with no ticket and still alive.”
A LIKELY DIFFERENT OUTCOME FOR A PERSON OF COLOR
Jacob was on his way to visit his fiancé Isabel Rock’s brother Nico when the incident happened.
He added that the outcome could have been different if the same thing happened to a person of color. He then referenced the case of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop.
Bland’s death was ruled a suicide.
“This is all to say that a person of color’s extrajudicial execution will never be justified by the breaking of law, and it is never even about that,” Jacob continued.
“Right there I broke the law, and he ignored me. I think, as a white person, you are being intellectually dishonest if you insist there is not a disparity in how we are treated by the police. Try to educate whoever you can, and always be aware.”
A LONG-STANDING ISSUE IN AMERICA
Police brutality against African-Americans has been a long-standing issue in America, and it recently led to the formation of the powerful Black Lives Matter movement.
Recently, a video of a tearful African-American girl expressing her concern about police brutality against black people went viral.
Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant got on the Charlotte City Council to give a powerful and moving speech.
She said that black people are treated differently than others. “Just because of our color and it doesn’t mean anything to me,” she said as tears streamed down her cheeks.