A large minority of Americans think Breonna Taylor would not have been shot by police if she’d been white instead of black:
From what has been reported, police blindly returned fire in the course of executing a drug-related search warrant when Taylor’s boyfriend shot at them, hitting one cop in the leg. It seems neither Taylor and her boyfriend nor the three police officers saw each other as the bullets flew which is why all of them missed their intended targets–Taylor’s boyfriend’s discharge was said to be a warning shot not intended to hit anyone, and the 32 shots fired back by police were intended to neutralize the threat that shot at them but none of the bullets struck the boyfriend.
If the officers didn’t see her, why would nearly half the public think they shot her because she was black and would not have shot her if she had been white?
Maybe the thinking is that the police would not have executed a search warrant in the first place if she had not been black. It wasn’t that her race mattered in the moment but that what led the situation to get to the point that it did was racial in nature.
This systemic racism explanation is at least plausible, so here’s to hoping it, rather than the thought that bullets fired blindly hit blacks but miss whites, is the line of reasoning most of the respondents shown above followed to arrive at their conclusion.