« As a transgender, latinx activist, the sight of the oncoming throng of white people in masks, many with shaved heads and sticks, made my heart stop. […] I could not tell. I could not see the signs in the dark. »
So in the dark you can’t « see the signs » but surely you can tell that behind the maks, they’re all white. If you’re indeed becoming a lawyer of some sort, I hope you get to learn how to narrate events in a more credible manner.