Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance

David Dunn

Another victim of black blindness?

Another victim of black blindness?

Call it black blindness.

It is a kind of myopia that afflicts some of us -- too many of us -- whenever we gaze upon a dark-skinned man. It causes some of us -- too many of us -- to see things that are not there, and to miss things that are. Sometimes, it is fatal.

Such was the case for Amadou Diallo, the African immigrant who died in a hailstorm of gunfire in 1999 after police mistook his wallet for a gun.

We cannot yet know if black blindness was the cause of death for Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old black kid who was killed the night after Thanksgiving. But there is reason to suspect it was. Jordan was shot by a 45-year-old white man, Michael David Dunn, who says he saw...