From what I have seen in America there is a big racist problem whether it's in the community or in institutions. We have seen it with our own eyes and multiple evidence. This doesn't mean every American is racist or that all police are racist. Right now the anti racists are fighting this in communities, on the street and in government. That's a fact.No but it does invite the possibility, especially if the 'toy gun' looks more like a real gun than an obvious toy.
A 16 year old white boy, also with a realistic pellet pistol, was recently shot by a cop in Maryland. Different case, different place, different police, but his white privilege didn't save him.
I'm not saying the police in the 12 year old's case handled the situation as best they could, they may well have been too hasty, but I haven't seen any reason to assume race had anything to with it.
As I said the gun laws are to blame for many gun killings and when the American people fully accept that, then they can deal with it, finally. But until then a 12 year old boy should not be judged for having a replica gun and being shot dead by the police. At what age is too young to be shot dead for having a replica gun?