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Is there really a stigma associated with African American males that portrays them as monsters?


After all of the shootings/deaths of African American males all over the country with the majority of them being unarmed,I am just wondering if they are really perceived as a threat and if that's the case, why? Is it the language? the way they dress? OR is it their posture? I genuinely would like to know what it is that causes them to be perceived as a threat because I have an African American son and I really do worry about his teen-aged years and how to educate him so that a childish mistake doesn't end up costing him his life.

 

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    Yashika Smith (Yashikasmith) 14 months ago

    Thank you for your honesty, Sylvia.

    I concur with all that you said and sadly it is oppression but this is where we are as a country right now and it makes me cringe because my son is growing up in such an era.

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    Yashika Smith (Yashikasmith) 14 months ago

    My question was not related to black on black crime; I am well aware of that issue. My point is: I have seen several instances where all of the risks that you stated above have been taken by non minority individuals and the outcome was not fatal.


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    Yashika Smith (Yashikasmith) 14 months ago

    No, not all are depicted negatively but the majority are. As an individual that works closely with youth, I can attest that a lot of young, intelligent African American men are growing up in the "hood". Children "absorb" that's just what they do.