|Walter E. Williams|
Duh!! Both are.
Subliminal and not-so-subliminal racism is far more prevalent in White society than one side cares to admit. And young Black males are on average more likely to be a significantly higher risk to a stranger than a young White counterpart. On Primetime, the side arguing for the former proposition (and arguing as if the other side's argument could not possibly also be true) argued that the Black man in the film was nicely dressed, not speaking in Black slang, and very polite – and yet he was still treated as if he might be a member of the Crips or something.
Even today, being African American can lead you to get a longer sentence than for a White when being convicted of the same crime. Until very recently, sentences for crack cocaine (used more often by Blacks) were far longer than sentences for powdered cocaine (used more often by Whites).