This tweet wouldn’t have caught our eye except it reminded us so much of a post we did back in October, when Slate chief political correspondent and CBS News analyst Jamelle Bouie noticed something inherently racist about white people with dogs — whenever Bouie was out walking his dog, he noticed that white people greeted the dog and pretended like he wasn’t even there.

As much as we’d like to pretend Bouie was just being paranoid and people just like dogs, now there’s alleged research proving that walking a dog is a tool of white supremacy.

That’s not just his opinion … there is research. We’re going to skip some of O’Rourke’s follow-up tweets and just get straight to the research. For example, in her paper “Department of Parks and Gentrification: A Tale of Dogs and Men at the Shaw Dog Park,” anthropology graduate student Antoaneta Tileva examined “the intersection between gentrification and the control (and erasure) of public space by focusing on cultural displacement” and found that “the inexorably quick pace of erasure is not accidental but a rather planned feature of displacement and one that, regardless of its intention, precludes voices of dissent from changing its course.”

Here’s some more research into the inherent white supremacy of dog ownership:

We’re going to be busy reading those studies (that last one’s almost 20 pages), so talk amongst yourselves below:

Please cite the peer-reviewed academic journal that published your account of this first-hand experience.


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