While Ryan Lochte is an easy target, his actions are emblematic of a larger colonial mindset that has a long history of "white privilege" and upholding systems that support Anglo-conformity and the blanquemiento (whitening) of American society.
One special report exposes what simply amounts to inhumane treatment, cruelty, and torture of children at private jail facilities. Despite the Eighth Amendment outlawing cruel and unusual treatment, many of the children caught in the grasps of these facilities have been overlooked.
The police are acting in the name of our government. We pay their salaries to "serve and protect" all of us, regardless of color. When the police go beyond that to assault or to kill anybody, regardless of color, they are violating their function.
Political rhetoric has consequences -- not just for big issues like foreign policy or the shape and size of our government, but for how all of us, including the youngest among our population, think about the idea of "America."
Because White people have so few non-White people in their social circles, it is easy for White communities to perpetuate a fantasy in which their own relative social advantage comes at no cost to others. Even my social media life seemed to reinforce my racial and socioeconomic isolation.