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Peeples I am painfully aware of the suspicion cast on black males when they run...usually from the police. If you don't do it, that is wonderful! The issue is real. If someone were following your child, what would you tell him to do. No space
It's not just blacks though. It's any teen these days that's in a place he doesn't belong. The issue is no longer just about blacks. Hispanics are treated in the same manner it just doesn't make news. Suspicion should be there if anyone runs frm cops
I agree that kids shouldn't run from cops.
Trayvon belonged there as an invited guest - there's no log in procedure
He was suspicious because he walked slowly. http://dianetrotter.hubpages.com/hub/Killing-of-Tr...
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Maggie Bennett says
I smiled at "Sunday clothes" because so many of my students don't go to church. I've asked them to wear Sunday/dress clothes for concerts. they then step out with the hoochie mama clothes. Most have only sneakers to wear.
Marilyn F.B. says
Hi Mary, So you think he should have dressed differently?
I'm not saying he should have but I do know how you dress changes how people treat you. Especially when you're a young adult or older teen. I know from my own experiences how adults can treat you at that age if you don't look prim and proper.
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The question is general. It is not nonsense to African American families. This is a common discussion for people that deal with the problem.
Eric Dierker says
Hi Eric, I haven't answered your other post yet because REPLY for some reason didn't come up. So you say they should walk with purpose. I think frame of reference comes in here. How do you explain that to a teenager?