Black America and the burden of the perfect victim – The Washington Post

I have grieved deep inside my soul for the tragedy of Ferguson, MO. It is heart-breaking that a young man lost his life and a young officer may lose his career; but what grieves me more is that those watching appear to have lost their ability to recognize the vulnerability and frailness in everyone due to their humanness.

All are human souls — the protesters, rioters and looters, law enforcement, residents, store owners; and most of all, the deceased.

No matter what we see on a video or hear about Michael Brown, most of us did not know him. We will never know him now. But for sure, he was a human-being.

Black America and the burden of the perfect victim – The Washington Post.