The internet just recently dove head-first into righteous indignation surrounding two people. The first is Amy Cooper who had an altercation with a black man at Central Park in New York. The other is Late Night Show host Jimmy Fallon for doing blackface to impersonate Chris Rock.
But what is more notable is that Twitter’s perpetual outrage machine seems to turn off and go dormant when the subject of Joe Biden’s racism is brought up.
There are clearly three different situations going on here. At first glance, Cooper’s actions could definitely be defined as racist as it appeared she was going to use the man’s race and sex against him when speaking to the police. Perhaps she wasn’t and she was just threatening to describe the man to the police to better identify him if and when they came. Perhaps she knew exactly what she was doing and she was using the gulf of trust between police and the black community to scare the man or perhaps she thought it would increase law enforcement’s response.