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The Faces of White Privilege

 Brock Turner and Lena Dunham 
When Stanford University Swimmer Brock Allen Turner’s sentence for rape became known, the outrage and disbelief caused an instant outpouring of anger, both off and online.  One reaction in particular that stood out was a powerful statement from the victim herself.  She addressed it to the accused.  It was articulate, horrifying and ultimately tragic.

                Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky’s verdict was a visible reminder that race, class and privilege still determine outcomes that are favorable to those who enjoy them.  Prosecutors asked for a six-year sentence.  The actual sentence was slighter.
                "A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him," Persky said. "I think he will not be a danger to others."  The rationale provided  was that Turner did not have an extensive criminal history.  He was sentenced to six months in jail, that more than likely will become three, with good behavior,…