February 01, 2003
It doesn't change...

A local District Attorney has determined that state troopers behaved appropriately when they shot an unarmed twelve-year-old boy in the back on Christmas Eve. He had jumped out of a stolen SUV and was running away from them. Oh, yeah, he was black...

An upper-middle class lawyer went to work at an all-white country club as a busboy in 1992. He wrote an article about the experience, which I ran across as I was looking for something else. I stopped to read it and have been thinking about it ever since. Have country clubs changed much in 11 years? I don't know. Would twelve-year-old Michael Ellerbe be alive today if he'd been white, or rich? These aren't easy questions to answer. Or perhaps they are - the question becomes, what do we do about them.

Posted by Elizabeth Perry at February 01, 2003 09:52 AM
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