Alaska police investigate photo of woman with ‘White Privilege’ card

  • A woman reportedly pulled out her “white privilege card” during a transit stop in Alaska.
  • Mimi Israelah said she was stopped for weaving and could not find her license, the AP reported.
  • The responding officers are under investigation following the incident.

Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are investigating a viral social media post by a woman who showed officers her “white privilege card” instead of her license during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reported.

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Mimi Israelah said she was stopped at around 3:43 a.m. after arriving in Anchorage for a rally by former President Donald Trump, the AP reported.

Israelah wrote that the officer asked for her leave and she was unable to find it.

“When I saw my White Privilege card I gave it to him if everything is ok,” she wrote. “He laughed and called his partner. It’s the first time they’ve seen a White Privilege (sic) card,” she said, according to the AP.

In a screenshot of a video allegedly of Israelah’s interaction posted on twittershe can be heard asking the officer, “Do you like my white privilege card?”

In the video, the officer replied, “That’s hilarious.”

The top of the card says, “White Privilege Card trumps all,” according to screenshots of the post.

On her social media accounts, Israelah described herself as Pinay, a woman of Filipino origin.

In a press release, APD chief Michael Kerle said the profession “does not condone, practice, condone, facilitate or co-operate with any form of discrimination.”

“Our mission is to protect and serve our community in the most professional and compassionate way possible. Our vision is to create an environment where everyone matters. As Chief of Police, I take these two statements seriously. We must work hard to foster a healthy relationship with the community and work even harder to maintain that relationship. We will continue to work diligently to maintain a positive relationship with our community. That relationship is earned by hardworking people who show up every day and embody our mission and vision,” said Kerle.

Celeste Hodge Growden, president of the Alaska Black Caucus, told the AP she was disappointed by the social media post and curious if Israelah faced any consequences.

“I know there are people of color who weave and get fined,” said Growden. “They don’t have that white privilege, citation waiver card.”

The AP reported that Israel said it was not fined, despite being stopped for weaving.

Israelah did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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