Thanks to three related factors…
1. The uncritical acceptance of Dorian Johnson’s false characterization of Mike Brown’s shooting by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, leading to a society-wide condemnation not only of Wilson but police departments across the country and white Americans as racially hostile to young black men, and
2. The fact that police officers have been shooting and killing an awful lot of unarmed black men, young or not, and
3. Inflammatory and irresponsible rhetoric from national and local leaders and elected officials
….we are in a dangerously unstable environment of virulent racial distrust, where the police are regarded as immediately suspect and placed in a defensive posture with a presumption of racism and excessive violence virtually any time an African American is the object of police action, regardless of the circumstances or justification. This is being exploited by those arrested, their families, civil rights activists, elected officials, protest organizers and the news media.
Here are two ugly sagas that illustrate the problem: Continue reading