I will give David Brooks credit for trying to figure out the roots of prejudice in America, but to say that now it’s less about race and more about class skates by the fact that poor white folks are still treated better than middle class people of color.
This class prejudice is applied to both the white and black poor, whose demographic traits are converging. But classism combines with latent and historic racism to create a particularly malicious brew. People are now assigned a whole range of supposedly underclass traits based on a single glimpse at skin color.
Really? So a twelve year old white kid playing with a toy gun on a playground is just as likely to be shot by the cops as a white kid? That a white guy is going to be stopped by the cops for taking a walk with his hands in his pockets, too?
Somehow I don’t think so.