There's a racial divide, all right. It's how one looks at the facts of the Michael Brown case. To hear Al Sharpton and his ilk, Michael Brown was an innocent victim of police brutality and racism. But the reports from the grand jury testimony paint an entirely different portrait. Brown was a thug, who, after a strong arm robbery, was intent on beating and besting a cop who was trying to stop him.
Then came the race riots. Granted, the grievance industry had a great deal to do with bringing that on. But it drove home that there is obviously a racial divide out there. Most whites became aware of this after seeing the videos of black students cheering the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict. Guilt or innocence didn't matter as much as the opportunity to stick it to the man.
Most whites have bent over backward to try to eliminate any racism in their own lives. But that was not enough. The concept of racial victimhood seems to have created such an insatiable appetite that there will never be enough.
So here's what white people learned:
Racial conflicts are inevitable, if that wasn't already obvious from a summer of exposure to "knock out game" videos.
The initial narrative, if it implies racism, will prevail over contradictory facts later discovered.
Each of us is responsible for our own safety.
And if a white person shoots and kills a black person, even in self defense, then there will likely be hell to pay.
For a more along these lines, see 7 Lessons To Be Learned From The Trayvon Martin And Michael Brown Cases.