For people of color - especially African Americans - the idea that racist cops might frame members of their community is no abstract notion, let alone an exercise in irrational conspiracy theorizing. Rather, it speaks to a social reality about which blacks are acutely aware.
“I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.”
“Freedom is strangely ephemeral. It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking.", "...freedom is difficult to understand because it isn't a '(ital) presence' but an '(ital) absence'ï¿½an absence of governmental constraint. People who are unfamiliar with severe political constraintsï¿½severe enough to make them aware that they have lost their freedomï¿½often don't know what freedom is and on what it depends.”