I think you contradict yourself on this one. Because you conclude, a few sentences later, that white privilege is inking up w/o being thought a criminal or dangerous.

It's possible that the style of tattoo is a also a factor. People might view simple tattoos as more likely having been done in prison, whether on a white person or person of color.

Also, for the most part, don't tattoos generally show up more vividly on pale skin than they do on dark skin? Especially at a distance.

I realize the discussion is numbers—are people of color more likely to suffere certain indignities at a greater frequency than whites? But I think you also have to consider location. I've been ticketed three times for jaywalking. Once with my wife who was also ticketed. This was all in Los Angeles. Our hometown. We left LA to live in NYC in '94. Never ticketed for jaywalking there. Not once.

You're taking a sample of 400 tickets—imagine how infrequently NYPD tickets for jaywalking if that's all they write in one year. In the early 90s I bet LAPD wrote that many in one day. Bottom line I think a sample of 400/year is not significant in a city of 8 million.

None of this is to say that I believe BPOC don't suffer indignities that whites generally don't. I've seen Philando Castile's driving record. All those license/registration issues, but hardly any moving violations. Why were they stopping him, right?

I'm just not sure, along with the name prononciation thing, that these are the strongest, most illustrative examples.

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