The kids feel powerless. At Yale University, they suffer racial slights, real and imagined, and learn a lesson reliably taught to strivers of every generation: You can reach the heights without ever finding the little door that leads to the center of things.
At the University of Missouri, where blacks are 8 percent of the student body, one percentage point less than at Yale, there's less ivy to camouflage the hurts. When you find a picture of a lynching tacked to your dorm room, the aggression doesn't qualify as "micro."
The adults, too, feel powerless. In a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, they agree, by a 54-41 landslide, that "the economic and political systems in the country are stacked against people like me." It's even worse for the old and white and conservative.