I've been writing this Bad Cop Blotter column for more than 18 months, and the pre-Ferguson, post-Ferguson divide is palpable – if only in a media-giving-a-shit kind of a way.
It should come as no surprise that the Obama family has felt the sting of racial prejudice in their lives. The Obama presidency has been defined by race, because in America, we're all defined by race.
In light of the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, the hoodie has become a garment of ill-omen that is tangled up in America's ongoing conversation about race, socioeconomics and violence against black bodies.
An alleged eyewitness, Rice's art teacher, and a former Cleveland cop weigh in.