African-American men are routinely viewed as threats by pedestrians and law enforcement alike. This isn't an opinion; it's a fact. A culture of fear has painted black men as villains, and this can cost them their freedom, and, in the worst scenarios, their lives. And the most unfortunate reality? In many instances, black men are the victims of profiling and harassment by law enforcement. They pay the price for being the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time.
An early life lesson for young black men is the guarantee they'll have unjustified encounters with police. In many cases, their only crime will be the color of their skin. Through their stop-and-frisk initiative, the NYPD basically tells young men of color that they have the right to single them out for public safety reasons. They can't walk down the street without putting their own safety in jeopardy, and their tormentors are the very people tasked with keeping the streets safe.
Whether you can relate to the experience, this recent history of black men being arrested for no reason leave you incensed—and rightfully so.
Written by Julian Kimble (@JRK316)
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