Maybe enough time has passed for us to admit that the [O. J.] Simpson verdict made liars of white and black folk alike. But the lie began long before the Simpson trial. It has roots in whiteness itself, in whiteness that is a construct, an invention, that keeps white folk ignorant of black life. It makes so many of you, if we're honest, largely indifferent to black life. Admit it: you go on your merry white way as if the police aren't routinely hammering black folk without cause, aren't daily brutalizing us in front of your faces, aren't murdering black folk without so much as blinking an eye. You didn't care then. And tell the truth -- many of you don't really care now.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 58-59