Something extremely unusual took place in Appleton, Wisconsin in May 2019: A firefighter died in the line of duty. This hadn’t happened there in many decades, and was quite a shock to the local residents. A deeper dive into the case, however, reveals that what happened wasn’t terribly unusual. In fact, it upholds what we know of racial differences — largely because such occurrences happen with depressing regularity.
Mitch Lundgaard, a white firefighter and first responder, was called to a bus where Ruben Houston, a black man, was suffering from an opioid overdose. Houston was unresponsive and possibly dying. (more…)