I was having a discussion with an online friend over this issue, and he had the following to say:
"We strongly disagree on this. Conservatives always demonize black people. Blacks are illegitimate in the eyes of Conservatives. Martin Luther King Jr was a Communist. President Obama is not an American citizen and therefore isn't office illegally. Stop and Frisk was applied to all young black males because every black male was a threat. Black activists stuck with Martin Luther King Jr.and the Civil Rights Act passed in Congress. President Barack Obama was elected twice. Given the Republican Presidential it is likely that The President could be elected for a third term. Activists took down Stop and Frisk. There is a push to have police wear cameras because the public no longer trusts the police. Blacks are always under attack and have always fought back.
"Eric, no one knows this nitwit sheriff and his credentials are dust when compared to police organizations and elected officials working to end mass incarceration. The sheriff you fear so much may be a hero to wingnuts, but is dismissed by others. Herman Cain and Ben Carson carry the message that blacks should be feared. Both have no clout beyond the wingnuts. I have no idea why you focus on an impotent idiot. NEVER underestimate the strength of Black people. Always bet on Black."
In response, I have to say the following:
RM, I've never doubted the strength or intelligence of Black people - it's our focus that I'm concerned about. And while I love your optimism, we haven't been doing so well so far. If we were, a group called "Black Lives Matter" wouldn't be necessary.