I wasn’t there in Ferguson, MO, the night the white cop shot the young, unarmed black man.
I’m guessing that both of them said and did things that tragically inflamed the encounter.
This frightening shooting is all over the blogosphere, it’s all over the news, the cable TV talking heads are on it non-stop….
But everywhere except in Ferguson, I think the big thing is absent from all this coverage:
In my mind , the big thing isn’t “White cop shoots unarmed black man.”
The big thing is: “Yet again, another white cop shoots another unarmed black man.”
The big, big thing is: no one thinks this is going to stop.
I haven’t heard any official in Ferguson say: “We’ve got to make sure this never happens again.”
Just for perspective, imagine that the first night news flash had been: “Another blond Presbyterian cop shoots another young, unarmed red-headed Catholic.”
Or, just for perspective, take one whole minute and imagine that you’re a young black man.