Suppose, one fun evening in 2013, I got good and drunk, and suppose I got behind the wheel of my car, and drove it into a crowd and killed four people.
I would still be in jail now and probably the year Chelsea Clinton gets elected President (after her tough primary battle against Malia Obama), right?
That’s because I don’t suffer from affluenza. Affluenza is a disease you get in the USA from being wealthy, white, and unimaginably privileged. When you suffer from affluenza and murder four people with your dad’s F-350 and your 0.24 BAC, you don’t go to jail, you poor thing. You get ten years probation.
Which, of course, you promptly violate and high-tail to Mexico on a jaunt with your mom. But no matter. When they finally catch you, you will face only 120 days in jail for this. Maximum.
America: A great pyramid of privilege, and it’s oh-so-good to be at the top.