The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?
But upon further investigation the reality became fairly clear: nobody really knows if it is the case that black people are fatally shot by police on a higher proportion than any other group. Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t know, FBI Director James Comey doesn’t know and ACLU director Ezekiel Edwards also doesn’t know. Nobody knows and the reason is simple: the government does not yet keep data about the people killed by police while on duty.