Empathy. We’ve heard this word used before. We feel empathy for our friends and loved ones, and in disastrous circumstances, for victims we haven’t met. But, can someone who doesn’t interact with or know people from a different culture feel empathy for them?
I question this as I watch week after week another person of color lose their life in the custody of police. Should empathy – the ability to share or understand the feelings of another – in pain and distress be expected from aggressive or racist police who assault and victimize countless human beings?