'There are two Americas - separate, unequal, and no longer even acknowledging each other except on the barest cultural terms. In the one nation, new millionaires are minted every day. In the other, human beings no longer necessary to our economy, to our society, are being devalued and destroyed'
In the Guardian Magazine, David Simon (producer and writer of The Wire) speculated on why urban juries in Baltimore were 30 times less likely to find defendants guilty of the most serious charges as suburban juries, he wondered why 100,000 people out of a population of 700,000 were arrested in one year and why those people were almost all black.
And then he wondered why this was barely discussed in either The Baltimore Sun or the national press or even the presidential election.
So why is it we avoid the blindingly obvious, why can't we see what's in front of our eyes.