Alec Baldwin: When White Privilege Trumps Accountability
I am not here to defend Alec Baldwin; he is a rich celebrity white man living in Amerikkka; his protectors have already lined up for miles and have exhausted themselves and us, defending his honor. I am not here to blame anyone; God said in the day of Pentecost that he would do the separating.
But there is this little thing called accountability that our society has taught us that when you are the right color, socioeconomic status, and gender, you do not have to face it! In other words, if you are not white, rich, or male, you are not accountable for anything.
Alec Baldwin is responsible for Halyna Hutchin’s death. But there was a prop supervisor who was supposed to make sure the gun was in working order. When I learned to shoot guns at the age of twelve, some 33 years ago, one of the first rules that I was taught in gun safety and handling, “treat every gun like it’s loaded.” If I learned that at 12, how is Alec Baldwin less knowledgeable at 61?
The gun in question had two previous misfires! This may be true, but whose hands was it in when Halyna was shot? Alec Baldwin’s!
The director in charge had several other incidents where he was reckless on a movie set! This is true, but Alec Baldwin was not simply an actor taking orders. He was an executive producer on the set, his production company oversaw the film, hirings, and firings, six crew members had walked off set just hours before Halyna was shot. Instead of postponing filming, instead of rehiring crew members of the same caliber and expertise, instead of waiting until they could get more cameras rolling, they replaced them with nonunion, temporary staff, and were shooting on one camera, the same camera Alec Baldwin aimed at, shot Halyna in the chest, and left her husband a widower, her nine-year-old son, an orphan.
We can scream to the highest mountain, we can post on social media until our fingers bleed; we can write Hollywood film executives, and legislators in DC, and none of that matters. Why? Because being white, male, and shirking accountability because of privilege is as Amerikkkan as baseball and apple pie!