When It Became Racist to Call Michael Brown Big

It became a theme on the left last week that Officer Wilson’s characterization in his grand jury testimony of Michael Brown as “Hulk Hogan” and “a demon” was implicitly racist, reflecting age-old stereotypes of the “giant negro.”

Michael Eric Dyson repeated this charge in a typically gaseous New York Times op-ed on Sunday:

The trove of documents released after the grand jury’s decision included Officer Wilson’s four-hour testimony, in which the 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound cop said that his encounter with the 6-foot-4-inch, 292-pound teenager left him feeling like “a 5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan.” He used the impersonal pronoun “it” when he said that Michael Brown looked like a “demon” rushing him. To the police officer and to many whites, Michael Brown was the black menace writ large, the terrorizing phantom that stalks the white imagination.

These clashing perceptions underscore the physics of race . . .

Where to begin? First of all, Michael Brown was indeed a big guy…