The hurts and traumas against black folk had piled so high, the pain had resonated so deeply, and the refusal of whiteness to open its eyes had become so abhorrent that black folk sent a message to white America. No amount of evidence against [O. J.] Simpson could possibly match the far greater evidence of racial injustice against black folk. And you can't claim ignorance here, my friends. If a videotape recording of a black man going down under the withering attack of four white police couldn't convince you of the evil of your system, then nothing could.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 62