What it tells us is something black and brown folks always knew, even as most white Americans have denied it: namely, that we are a country divided not merely between the haves and have-nots, but between those deemed worthy of life itself and those deserving of death.
This is true and has been.
But it’s deeper than that. We don’t care about other people until there are enough in trouble.
If your house gets swirled away by a storm, you aren’t going to get much help beyond your insurance and your friends. But if a tornado takes out a whole town with your house, that’s different. Massive aid will pour in because a lot of people were hurt.