White America Must Stand with Black America for Equal Justice

It is the nonchalance that strikes the conscience as obscene:

Hand on hip, with a knee on his alleged perp’s neck, a white police officer, nonchalantly and unfeelingly, snuffs out the life of yet another black man.

That nonchalance bespeaks the attitude of a certain segment of White America, the segment that crows of its supremacy over all other races. To this segment, Black America and the human beings aggregated therein are — in a word — invisible, the elemental state Ralph Ellison captured in 1952