… Rather, it is a specific social category that confers identifiable and measurable social benefits. We were collectively reminded of that this past week, when Mark and Patricia McCloskey of St. Louis stood outside their home pointing loaded firearms directly at peaceful protestors making their way down the street. In that moment, the McCloskeys held the lives of strangers in their hands. They could have murdered any of those Black people that day, and history both distant and recent suggests that they may have been able to do so with total impunity.
Eve L. Ewing
I support the gist of your article, but this bit seems at least partly incorrect. I’ve seen those videos come by, and from those I got the impression that first of all, there were as many black as white people involved, and it seems at least a number of them were in n the garden. That, for me, doesn’t justify what the McCloskeys did, but it weakens your story.
Other than that – I’m sorry this has gotten so out of hand in the US, despite all past efforts. I dislike all the capitalization and polarization going on right now – we are all people, as far as I know and we are all in this together.