A Hispanic officer shoots a black man. Did he shoot the black man because he was black? No one is suggesting that the officer who shot Philander Castile did so just because he was black. The idea underpinning the racially charged outrage: the officer i question fired his gun in a situation where he wouldn’t have shot if Mr. Castile had been white. How does, how can anyone know that?
Does the officer have a history of racism? If so, was this racism missed, tolerated or encouraged by his employers? Maybe. Maybe not. But the Black Lives Matter protestors assume the cop was racist. And that law enforcement agencies are racist.
Racism is “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”
The protestors believe all white cops treat all people of color as inferiors. In this case, again, without any specific evidence that racism was a factor. Isn’t that racist?