A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man down the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them, hitting a wall. “He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.
“He was a tall black guy,” said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. “He didn’t say a word.”
I said that the the phrase " who is black" here means that Mr. Brundage has permission to say that someone is black.
It turns out there's video of that:
White woman cautiously describes suspect as 'dark skinned' while standing next to black coworker, interviewer http://t.co/oXqnKD4ZTH— Vince Coglianese (@TheDCVince) September 16, 2013
In the Henry Louis Gates controversy, a neighbor who called police to report that she saw two men breaking into a house didn't want to say their race, even when asked by the dispatcher. She was vilified as a racist, anyway.
George Zimmerman was attacked because he was supposed to have said"This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black." Actually, he was responding to the dispatcher again:
Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. Or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about."
Dispatcher: "OK, and this guy, is he black, white or Hispanic?"
Zimmerman: "He looks black."