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If your son or daughter comes to you one day and asks you what “white privilege” means, point them to this story about a right-wing Boston talk-radio host’s efforts to avoid a drunk-driving charge:

Radio talk show host and journalist Michele McPhee was charged with assaulting a State Police trooper and resisting arrest after she was pulled over early Thursday on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said.

The trooper was injured in a struggle with McPhee and called for backup to take her into custody, State Police said..

McPhee, who began hosting a show on WMEX (1510 AM) earlier this month, was pulled over about 1 a.m. on the Southeast Expressway in South Boston after police allegedly saw a Mercedes-Benz SUV drifting between lanes and nearly hit a Jersey barrier on the side of the road, according to a State Police report filed in court.

McPhee was arraigned Thursday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and drunken driving. She pleaded not guilty and was released without bail. She is due back in court in early August.

McPhee’s license was revoked. She has a four-page driving history that includes several stops for speeding…

In the report, a trooper wrote that McPhee, 45, had bloodshot eyes and slurred her words.

She told the trooper she worked at a radio station and had “defended cops for 30 years,” according to the report. She mentioned that she was friends with a number of police officials, including the head of the State Police, it said…

McPhee, who lives in East Boston, refused field sobriety tests, and when the trooper told her he was placing her under arrest, she grew “belligerent, resistant, and enraged,” according to the report.

She elbowed the trooper in the chest, and then kicked him in the legs, saying, “I’m calling the colonel . . . let me go . . . get a supervisor,” according to the report.

As an “evolving and escalating” struggle continued, the trooper radioed for help, bringing two other officers to the scene, the report said.

McPhee continued to resist, and at one point she and two of the officers stumbled and fell to the ground, police wrote. The trooper’s knee was cut, and McPhee suffered a “serious cut on her forehead,” leaving blood all over her face and shirt, the report said.

After your child reads this story, ask him or her this question: “If that had been a black woman or a black man, would they have survived such a confrontation with law enforcement?”

If your child answers no, thank him or her for grasping what “white privilege” means. Your child will have more understanding than many adults.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.