Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people? Forget that in Ferguson 94% of the police are white and 63% of the people are black. Forget that 93% of police searches and 86% of car stops are for black people. Forget that the white municipal government finances nearly a quarter of its annual budget through the fines and penalties disproportionately leveled against black portion of the population.
Because here’s the problem with everything that’s going on in this conversation. This isn’t about just one man killed in one town. It’s about how people of color, no matter their socio-economic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising grace. Imagine that on a pretty consistent basis, you can’t get a fucking cab, even though you’re a Neurosurgeon, because you’re black.
I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity, from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal, at some point in their-I’m gonna say- last couple of hours.
And that shit happens all the time. Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it!”