Whites view armed agents of the government as their allies, while African-Americans see those same agents as enemies arrayed against them, like the occupying army of a hostile power.
Why would blacks view things this way?
Maybe it’s the poisonous, humiliating, and violent ways that (often white) cops interact with blacks in inner-city neighborhoods.
Maybe it’s the long history of white Americans tolerating (and encouraging) the creation of impoverished African-American ghettos.
Maybe it’s the willingness of white Americans to allow so many black children to languish in underfunded, crumbling, rat- and roach-infested public schools.
Maybe it’s the countless times black men are subjected to search, detention, arrest, and other humiliations simply because they “fit the description” of a criminal — or are merely “driving while black” through an upper-class, mostly white neighborhood.
Maybe it’s the lack of outrage among whites when they hear (if they hear) that a white police officer has shot an unarmed black boy or man in a blighted neighborhood most whites will never see or experience firsthand.
Maybe it’s the distinctive form of indifference expressed by people like David Goad, a 64-year-old white man who lives near Ferguson and tells The New York Times with regard to the protests, “They always want to stir up trouble, the blacks… I grew up around blacks, so I know how they are.”
"I really like grocery shopping, probably because I’m not a real adult, so it’s like a novelty to me," she says. "Kieran and Michael were teasing me yesterday because I was like, ‘I can’t wait to go home and eat my groceries.’ And they were like, ‘That’s not a type of food. No one’s like, "I’m really in the mood for groceries."’"
I have no doubt about Fey: She burst the bubble that was Sarah Palin. Palin dug her own grave, but Fey’s sketches — underlined by her uncanny resemblance to the Alaska governor — had the sharpest edge of purposeful satire to them. This wasn’t the kind of chummy goofiness that could leave the real Palin and Fey golfing buddies. In fact, when Palin did her requisite (cynical) SNL cameo to prove she could laugh at herself, Fey refused to share the stage, appearing with Lorne Michaels to avoid any hint of endorsement. You might not immediately see it with Fey’s pitch-perfect parody of Palin’s Katie Couric interview. But it’s there. When Fey’s Palin found her contrast with Amy Poehler’s Hillary, the underlying outrage becomes apparent: How could Sarah Palin come closer to the Oval Office than Hillary Clinton? Beneath the surface mockery of faux-folksiness, Fey had an agenda: Get this person off the political stage. And if any comedian has ever had any real impact on politics, it has to be Tina Fey.
And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, a Message From the ‘Saturday Night Live’ President of the United States, by John Lopez of Grantland
While there is no doubt that $33 billion in (theoretical) charity donations will do a lot of good, we must also reckon with Mike Bloomberg’s role in a world that allows one man to accumulate $33 billion. A system in which a single man—nice man, mean man, short man, tall man, or otherwise—can accumulate, in his own bank account and no one else’s, a sum of $33 billion, is a bad system. The fact that Mike Bloomberg’s business career could allow him to accrue $33 billion is prima facie evidence that life is unfair, that America is home to an absurd economic system that is all too ready to countenance starvation in the midst of plenty, and that our nation’s platitudes towards economic equality are jokes. It is completely appropriate to think about all of the things that happened over the course of several decades that allowed Mike Bloomberg to grow this rich, and to wonder where else that wealth might have gone under a more fair system—of education, of taxation, of general social and economic opportunity.