I am a latino living in Canada, and I really don't look like the typical hispanic, at least the sterotype that exists in the US and Canada. I am of italian and spanish ascendance and for that reason, I am often mistaken for italian, spanish or french.
In my country of origin, racism isn't an issue, at least not to the point it is in the United States, in fact there are very few blacks there, there is though some racism towards other minorities such as asian or natives, but it never got to level it did in the US (I mean, there isn't a KKK there). The racism is mostly not accepting those minorities fully into society and some sort of discrimination and sterotyping.
I explain that to say I can't really feel what a black person feels living in the United States, my experience with racism is limited to what I read, in books or newspapers, or watched in movies or TV, or even read here.
I do understand however that black people have suffered a lot in the US and they still do. Although racism in Canada isn't as strong as in the US, I still could see cases of discrimination towards blacks, and how some people label them as criminals or uneducated based only on their skin colour.
However, there is some true on what someone said. There are two sides on this. It's true that black people have reasons to be angry and to defend themselves, and we can't compare what they suffered to what whites are going through dealing with them.
But most of the people I know are not racists, and are agaisnt racism, but most of them still fear blacks, and I think that brotherhood attitude doesn't help. I do understand the reasons for that but I believe that things are much better than they were some years ago (although far from perfect) and we all need to move forward to try to live peacefully, without discrimination and hatred. It's a long process that is for sure more difficult for minorities, specially blacks but I believe most of black people want just a better life, not revenge for past or present offenses.
The whites have to give up a lot, much more than blacks, but blacks have to offer something as well. Attitudes like "you are a brother, how can you say that about another brother?" certainly don't help.
Volcana, you are probably right about blacks being more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist, but saying the naked doesn't always help. Remember that after September 11 people were scared, there were (and there are) a lot of anger, a lot of patriotism, desire of revenge, and if you said something like that, you are likely to be labelled as antipatriotic, even though you are not and you are just stating the truth. In very emotional periods it's dangerous to say the truth when it isn't what people want to hear. Remember what happened during wwII, anything german or japanese was attacked and insulted.
I know it's easier from my position to say that, but some times, it's better to have the viewpoint of someone who isn't emotionally involved and can give a more objective perspetive.