If the dog were black instead of the woman this incident would not have occurred. Perhaps systematic racism had something to do with this police officer attacking a Black woman? Although few people give a damn about Black women, animal rights activists are looking into whether the dog’s rights were violated. We sure have come a long way with regard to race relations. Today Black people are allowed to vote, own a home, and lawfully elect the nation’s first Black Vice President. America of the past would have required a leash and collar on the woman, not the dog.