Too many people have been confused, or maybe just convinced. “It’s not a racial issue,” they’re saying. Even if those of us who can see through the veil know better, let’s suspend disbelief for a moment. Maybe that instant, that decision to use deadly force, was not directly a racial issue. Let’s pretend that Darren Wilson genuinely felt afraid for his life, that his fear had nothing to do with seeing a Black male youth as his competitor but just another person, and that he forgot how to use subduing tactics. Even if we take away all of that, it’s still a racial issue. Here’s why.