The potentially fatal condition of being black

11 Apr

As a quick follow-up to last Friday’s post about Geraldo Rivera’s call to charge the hoodie as George Zimmerman’s accomplice in the Trayvon Martin shooting, I just wanted to suggest reading a powerful piece by author Touré, mentioned in the article I cited.

Here’s an excerpt from “How to Talk to Young Black Boys About Trayvon Martin: Eight talking points about the potentially fatal condition of being black”:

It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I’m  sorry, but that’s the truth. Black maleness is a potentially fatal condition. I  tell you that not to scare you but because knowing that could save your life.  There are people who will look at you and see a villain or a criminal or  something fearsome. It’s possible they may act on their prejudice and  insecurity. Being black could turn an ordinary situation into a life-or-death  moment even if you’re doing nothing wrong (

I wonder what the talking points are for other conditions of being: gay, female, white, Native American, Muslim…

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