The race problem in America is alive and well. If I hadn't been convinced watching the recent events in Ferguson unfold, the comments I have read at the end of every internet news story would dispel any doubts. The rioting certainly did a lot to further divide folks. Why didn't young Mike Brown simply cooperate with the police? To be blatantly candid, the only white folks that I've seen claim understanding are those who are so far left that to not understand would get them voted off the liberal island. Yet, I do think that there can be some understanding. To that end, I'd like to ask a couple of questions. How many white people have you ever met who, as children, had to explain to their teacher or principal that the reason they are late for school is because they got detained, not arrested, by the police on their way to school? How many have spent the entire school day in custody while the police 'checked them out'. I have. Not once. In fact, I have no idea how many times I've experienced this – it's been that many times. Not one instance led to an arrest. How many white folks have arrived at work an hour or more late specifically because of a stop and frisk that led to an extended detainment? My white boss couldn't wrap his head around the fact that my no call – no show was because I spent eleven hours in a cell that began when I was stopped because it looked like my factory tinted windows might have exceeded the darkness allowed by law. They didn't, but now they smell pot. I'm clean. I don't even drink alcohol. My car is towed to the substation and I'm tossed in a holding cell. They come visit me once, to get $60 for the tow. My car is dismantled and put back together...sort of. They didn't refill the spare tire after they took it off the rim to check for drugs. I discovered that in the rain at 2:30am a week later. I lost that job for being unreliable. It was my first time ever late or missing work, but it was an entry level job and who needs someone who attracts that kind of drama. Besides, I seem like an angry person. How many times in a week have you had a cop come up to you and ask you what you're doing when you're sitting having a cup of coffee? Been three times this week for me. Three. How many times are you going to get asked that question before you start to develop an attitude and cringe every time you see a cop pull up? To be fair, it's only happened four times this month, this weeks been a little heavy. Oh, and I drink a fair amount of coffee. If you're white and have any minority friends in the US, especially those from larger cities or surrounding larger cities, go ahead and ask them if their experience is more like yours or more like mine. I think you'll walk away understanding a bit more.