The point is not whether we choose to acknowledge or ignore the impact of race, but how white privilege defines all aspects of American life.
While others lost everything, I stayed in FEMA-funded hotel rooms and lapped up pity from those who saw my Louisiana license plate. Instead of character, all I got out of Katrina was a party-friendly anecdote.
I used to deal various drugs to my classmates, their friends and kids as young as 14. I was supposed to go to state prison, but I didn't.