If you’re white
And living outside the urban center, where most of the protests have occurred since the murders of George Floyd and Ahmad Arbury, which is a sight you’ve likely experienced any number of times. It speaks volumes about where we are a half-century country after Martin Luther King Jr. Puts down his life to try to solve our long-term race problem – a single American bog that today somehow encompasses both reasonable progress and no progress at all.
It can happen almost anywhere, anytime. Months before the current crisis, I was at the bar of the local restaurant when the talk turned to politics. The owner is carrying on how much he loves to talk hard by President Trump on solving the homeless problem, as if that problem has not bedeviled US leaders in the last 50 years. But to host this restaurant sounded great because, as he said, the homeless did not want to work – and he is sick of paying to take care of them. “They sat on the cigarette smoking cold shrimp all day!,” said bellowed.
Then a chimed client in which he just wanted to spend a week training a new employee named “Shanika, Sharika, I can’t even pronounce it.” He added that she was eight months pregnant. He was furious because she had an online test to get the job, while he started the year before, he had to take a written exam in person at a test center.
And yet, as this meeting was winding down, a teen African American-served desk approached the owner and asked if…