Dani Alves is an example of what you might call “the black reaction on trial”. There has been more focus upon his response than the behaviour of his abusers.
Dani Alves’ protest is suddenly less pure as, like Rosa Parks and the Black Power athletes, he planned it. The black reaction is on trial.
Donald Sterling is spectacularly racist. The loudest question is what the black Clippers will do. The black reaction is on trial.
Nigel Farage’s minions refer to Africa as Bongo Bongo Land and we are expected to debate politely with them. The black reaction is on trial.
“Dear blacks, your reaction is on trial. Our response to your injustice is conditional upon the dignity with which you choose to accept it.”
The racist smacks the black person in the face and the world judges how elegantly they absorb the blow. The black reaction is on trial.