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Experienced Some Type of Privilege

In this audio, a Black woman describes her experiences working for a small town where there are almost no Black people. She recalls how the people in the town are quick to call the police on strangers and cars they don’t recognize, which meant she had to be wary of where she went and parked her car. She tells of two different instances in which she experienced some “privilege” where she got out of traffic and parking tickets because she worked for the town and her boss knew the people in the police department that could waive her ticket.

[The police] saw my city sticker parking… and they were like, ‘oh, you work at the station? oh well you know you were going a little bit fast so just next time be careful.’ And I was like what? No ticket? I was shocked.