Read this headline and excerpt from Friday's Guardian:
NYPD on alert after spate of anti-police threats in wake of officers' shooting
The New York Police Department has ramped up security at several precincts and seven people have been arrested for making threats against police officers in the days following the fatal shooting of two officers last weekend. The NYPD has warned officers to act with increased vigilance while on- and off-duty and to maintain heightened awareness of their surroundings.
Now read that same paragraph this way:
Black males on alert after decades of racially-profiled threats, arrests and shootings
Black communities have ramped up self-protection throughout New York City and thousands of officers have been implicated in the rise in racially-propelled police actions in the years since the onset of Stop-and-Frisk and Broken-Windows policing. Parents and community leaders have warned black males to act with increased vigilance while on and off the street and to maintain heightened awareness of their surroundings.
The second version, though, could have been written decades ago, even without the later additions of Stop-and-Frisk and Broken Windows. Most African-American males, including me, have been on high alert all of our lives. And we have not had to wear blue uniforms to find ourselves in that position.
No one, but no one, deserves to be jacked up or shot down by contemptuous formula. No mother or father or daughter or son deserves to lose one they love to reckless slaughter. No one, not a person or family in this world, deserves to be targeted for that kind of suffering. We black males, and our families and communities, have known this for a very long time.
But it adds to the tragedy that the NYPD, with its doubled-down fury of entitlement after the past week's terrible killings, still does not.