A friend of mine once joked that there should be an iPhone app called “Imagine if the Races Were Reversed.” One is either blind or retarded to deny that if a pair of white youths had been accused of murdering a thirteen-month-old black baby, it’d be an international news story for months if not decades. There would be righteous marches, keening outrage, a pious comment from Barack Obama, and possibly even riots. (…)
And I get queasy thinking that the main reason for this is because it may be impossible for people to ever get past what may be a hard-wired instinct. Maybe “civil rights” were about vengeance rather than equality all along.