Now in America you can do all sorts of things to white people that you cannot do to black people. From David Cole at takimag.com:
It’s charming how upset some of you are that the new apartheid isn’t “fair,” as though it’s supposed to be, as if cries of “This isn’t fair” are a devastating indictment of a system that’s unashamedly engineered for unfairness.
This refusal to accept reality is “charming” because it’s childlike. “No fair” is an utterance of children. The concept of “fairness” is for most of us our first introduction to notions of ethics and morality: “Tommy got an extra cookie but I didn’t. No fair!” “Josh got the good crayons, I want the good crayons too!”
As kids, we not only expect things to be fair, but we expect our authority figures—parents, teachers, adults in general—to administer an environment in which things are supposed to be fair. That’s why we make the appeal. We assume that pointing out unfairness will bring remedy, and even if we don’t get our way, even if we don’t get that extra cookie or “the good crayons,” we assume that we’ll at least receive an explanation that affirms “fairness” as the desirable, in-play standard.
But let’s retain some perspective here. Throughout history, most people have lived under a standard of unfairness, and under the thumb of governments that feel no need to offer explanations.