Stereotypes Continue to Plague Our Black Males
It is so mind boggling to me to hear about a 17year old boy killed for walking down the street and being black. This happened in a Florida gated community when the Captain of the Neighborhood Watch called the police on a young black male and said he look suspicious. By the time the police arrived the Captain had already shot the young man in the chest and killed him. When the police searched the young man he only had candy in his pockets. This was typical act of stereotyping based upon the color of someone’s skin. The young man was considered to be a very nice young man and had no weapons or anything to prompt the Captain to shoot him dead.
What make this even more confusing is that we are in the year 2012 and stereotypes continue to plague our black males and communities. Will anything ever change for our black men? Will it ever become easier for us to do the things we need to do in order to become better men, fathers, brothers, husbands and overall better people? The stereotypes that we are faced with everyday continue to hinder us from evolving. With all the negative media attention that focuses on black men and all the violence that surrounds our communities. We are face with so many obstacles that most people can barely understand.
It is big issue to me that a young black man is dead because he was walking to the convenience store to buy some snacks for him and his younger brother. When these stereotypes are hyped up some people really believe that all young black males could be dangerous and violent.
How do we begin to change stereotyping? Young black males are being attacked every day in our communities from stereotypes that others place upon them. I don’t have the answer as to how will the stereotypes change, but I do know that we as people need to continue to address the issue of stereotyping.