Saturday Night Social: Ben & Jerry's Wants White People to Check Their 4/20 Privilege

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Today is 4/20, a day to joyously celebrate the consumption of marijuana and tasty snack foods. But it is also a good day to reflect on how the legal status of cannabis disproportionally penalizes communities of color, who frequently suffer higher arrest and incarceration rates than white communities. Ben & Jerry’s would like you to briefly remove the spoon from that pint of Half-Baked to help fight for weed justice.

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The company released a video today reminding Ben & Jerry’s fans that even though 33 states have legalized marijuana, most of the people making money off that legalization are white. Meanwhile, according to the ACLU, black people are more 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession:

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Ben & Jerry’s is trying to get Congress to expunge prior marijuana convictions and offer pardons/amnesty to people charged with possession. In that vein, do continue to enjoy 4/20 if you’re partaking, but also take a gander at their new cannabis justice initiative. Hope everyone had a super ~chill~ week, and please save me some ice cream for when I’m done with my blog shift.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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So it took me quite some time but finally called it quits with my partner of almost 13 years. I knew it was the right thing to do but I’m still incredible sad and though it was definitely my choice I feel like bursting into tears at any moment.

I know that it was an emotionally abusive relationship that should have ended at least 10 years ago but he was able to pull me back in overtime because he knew exactly how to do so.

I’m 49 and feel that I wasted so much time on someone who was never going to love me enough. He had proposed twice during our time together and took it back twice. The last time being almost 4 years ago. I try and analyze why I stayed and I think it was depression.I have a friend who drove home the fact that I maybe have 10 good years left, and do I want to spend them with someone who couldn’t deep down really commit but just kept me holding on. by an emotional thread. What makes this hard I guess is that he wasn’t a bad guy. over all. He is a super giving person when it comes to helping others including me but would emotionally pull the rug out from under me every couple of years.

I read a book many years ago that suggested that we pick bad partners for ourselves because based on the relationships that we had with our parents that were not exactly healthy. We choose them because that is what we know and it seems normal. I know I made the right decision but if any of you had some words of encouragement I could really use to hear some right now. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.