October 13, 2015
I wrote this about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the “conversation” on race that really isn’t, “What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Race.” My thanks to Jessie Hicks and the Daily Dot team for their input on this.
Consider, for instance, Sandra Bland’s horrific death in jail. For weeks, social media users became obsessed with whether she had hanged herself, had been killed by police, or whether or not photos of her mug shots were evidence that she was actually dead at the time they were taken. Suddenly, everyone was a mortician or a forensic expert. But what mattered at the end of the day was that a Black woman was pulled over by a white cop for smoking in her car—and that she was either killed or compelled to take her own life because of it. That itself speaks volumes to the effects of race and racism in the U.S.