If you'll excuse my descending into cliche, the issue that began in Ferguson, Mo. is moving beyond racism to the present-day penchant of police departments to apply military thinking to civilian life.This thinking leads cops to expect and insist on instant obedience in any interaction. If they don't get it, they escalate.
Violence is far too often not just a subtext, but the text in American society. No place in our society has remained untouched. Not suburbia. Not the halls of higher education. However, American violence proves all the more weighty when it is unjustly enacted by those who carry a firearm and a badge.