The Sin of “Potential”

Tamir Rice

Imagine a group of Black or brown people gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, wielding torches and weapons, and chanting hate mantras and explicitly wishing to do harm to other races. The condemnation would have been swift; the consequences instant, law enforcement would have come down. Down and hard.

The FBI 2015 report into hate crimes in the US showed that white Americans commit more domestic acts of terrorism than…