Fear and privilege – a simple test

Take a look at, the fear known as Capiophobia. In simple terms, it manifests itself as a mild paranoia that many people feel when they notice an officer of the law behind them in a squad car, or see a beat cop on the street walking their way, even if they have not perpetrated a wrong. It is a perfectly normal and very common reaction.

It is not dependent upon one’s opinion of the police force (other than with hardened criminals, of course). And it is an equal opportunity phenomenon. People of all kinds may experience it. It is just one of the many thoughts that run through our head as we go about our lives.

Nor does Capiophopia need to have any real cause at its base. Our minds are funny that way. It is simply an instinctive reaction our brain takes without any active intent. However, I would surmise that the exact train of thoughts passing through the person’s mind can vary a bit based on a few factors.

Now take yourself back to your school days and follow me through this simple mental exercise. This is an easy test, with but five brief scenarios presented. All you must do is decide which way are you more likely to think; like A or like B?

Scenario number 1:
A: “I haven’t done anything wrong, but for some reason, I feel like they might stop me and give me a ticket.”
B: “I haven’t done anything wrong, but for some reason, I feel like they might stop me and kill me.”

Scenario number 2:
A: “I bumped that parked car in the grocery store lot. I bet they know. I hope they don’t stop me and make me pay for it.”
B: “I bumped that parked car in the grocery store lot. I bet they know. I hope they don’t stop me and kill me.”

Scenario number 3:
A: “I’m probably a drink or two over the limit. I hope they don’t stop me and arrest me for drunk driving.”
B: “I’m probably a drink or two over the limit. I hope they don’t stop me and kill me.”

Scenario number 4:
A: “I stole a six pack of beer back at the mini-mart. They must be looking for me. I hope they don’t stop me and send me to county jail.”
B: “I stole a six pack of beer back at the mini-mart. They must be looking for me. I hope they don’t stop me and kill me.”

Scenario number 5:
A: “I’m out for a late evening jog and have to run through an unfamiliar neighborhood. I hope I don’t get chased down and bit by a dog.”
B: “I’m out for a late evening jog and have to run through an unfamiliar neighborhood. I hope I don’t get chased down and killed.”

If you picked five out of five A’s, congratulations. You can sleep well tonight. Now, for extra credit, see if you can guess the skin color that is more likely to think like A and the skin color that is more likely to think like B.

There is no score to submit. No grades will be given. You will not advance to the next year. Any conclusions or opinions on this test are yours and yours to contemplate alone.