Perspective: Black man's perspective
If you can't approach this without an open mind, please just pass over it.
Purely some perspective, not from one side or the other, but from the affected demographic
(14-25 y/o black males)
When I was 14 I saw my first shooting. I watched a black man and his wife get gunned down in the driveway of my neighbor's house, the couples parents, as I was walking home from the bus stop. I was the only witness. I made eye contact with the shooter and ran for my life.
I learned something in the moment when I met eyes with the gunman, Something that the media would go on to ingrain in me for years to come without me even realizing it.
Since I was little, I've watched the media shed light on moments when 14-25 year old black men have been gunned down, and nothing really happens to the shooter, regardless of the situation. Despite whatever situation these men were in, it taught my generational demographic to accept and internalize the fact that we are killable, always justifiably killable.
I've learned to keep my mouth shut about it, because normally the responses I receive are "Don't give anyone a reason to kill you" followed by said reasons, such as "Maybe if you don't dress like a thug," or "If more of you spoke plain English," "Stop blasting loud rap." ect, ect. But at the end of the day, past all the victim blaming, this is what we see, even if we don't realize it:
A) Another unarmed black kid was gunned down.
B) Nothing happened.
C) 14-25 y/o black males are still killable, even if you don't believe so, the court-systems and media tell us otherwise, because usually, it's our fault, regardless of whether it is or isn't.
So, in an effort to seem less like a mark, some of us "clean ourselves up" and conform ourselves to a standard that the rest of the world can look at and say "respectable."
You say jump, some of us say how high,
but that still isn't high enough to escape the pit of racism that marks us as expendable.
We can't win.
"Pretending you can “respectable” yourself out of racism is dangerous, and it will not save you."
Racism and profiling transcend respect.