So, this isn’t Ferguson. There are two major differences. First, I doubt that anyone will claim that the outcome of the grand jury investigation is racist. If they do make that claim, they really shouldn’t. We’re not talking about Missouri here (not to say that Missouri is racist). We’re talking about New York City, which is probably the most diverse city in the world. And in New York, when there is racism, it is overt and celebrated, as in the classic scene from Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”
Second, we don’t need to guess about what happened, or rely on witness statements, or forensic evidence, or the judgement of the jurors. Why? Because there is video. Everyone can look at it and reach their own conclusion. I’ve looked at the video and it is difficult for me to believe that the officer will not be charged with a crime.
So if it isn’t a race issue, what is it? To me, it’s a broader indictment of a criminal justice system that is biased when it comes to the very people who are sworn to uphold the law.