Living while black:
“…they are fearful for their boys. They are from middle class backgrounds, people who have never been to jail, own their own homes, are not on welfare, are college-educated and doing their best to live the American dream. They enroll their kids in sports and activities, and are active PTA parents.
“This case is a reminder to them that even after following all the rules and trying to live their lives as upstanding citizens, it would only take a loose cannon with a handgun uttering racial slurs in the middle of the night to take their child away from them for good.
” “Being the father of a African-American son, this case concerns me greatly,” Dexter Dixon, a Baltimore business owner said. “I must now have that conversation with my son, who is an Honor Roll student, great athlete, most tolerant and nicest kid you will ever know, that many people will just see you as a drug dealing, drug addicted, angry, ignorant, scary, gun-toting, criminal without even knowing you.”
“In a recent commentary, New York Times columnist Jonathan Capehart wrote about the survival rules his mother taught him, upon leaving a sheltered life and moving into a more urban Washington, DC suburb. “Don’t run in public.” (Lest someone think you’re suspicious.) “Don’t run while carrying anything in your hands.” (Lest someone think you stole something.) “Don’t talk back to the police.” (Lest you give them a reason to take you to jail or worse.)
“Adding to those rules, NPR’s Corey Dade in a recent piece added these: Dress to the nines when shopping in upscale stores lest the clerk think you cannot afford anything there and refuse you service or follow you to make sure you don’t shoplift; keep your hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock position when stopped by police and announce your every move when reaching in your wallet or glove compartment box for your registration and license, lest you be thought to be going for a gun….”