Yes, America, being black in America is different. Yes, America, being a black and male is different. Yes, America, being black and being in a car with someone white is different. Yes, America, even blacks can call the police in error on other blacks!

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Here is a case where a young adult black male was on his way back to his grandmother's house from church. He was riding in a car driven by a friend of his grandmother. Both his grandmother and her friend are white. An African-American couple saw the car with its occupants and assumed that a crime was being committed. They summoned the police. As in most cases, the police acted in a thoroughly professional manner, but they did handcuff the young man and detain him for several minutes to corroborate his story. He was then freed! Here's a link to the article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/black-teen-who-was-riding-in-car-with-...

So, what's the lesson here? First of all, most police are just doing what is a terribly difficult job to protect and serve us. Secondly, one does not have to be white to make the wrong assumption about a young black male. Finally, it IS different to be black in America than it is to be white! DUH!! As a young man, I often attended a Jewish synagogue with my grandmother. She didn't drive, so we often drove there and/or back with a friend or relative of hers. I was NEVER accused of trying to do anything nefarious to her and/or the driver. Of course, we were all white!
Unlike what so many Americans believe, one can be a young black male doing everything right and still be treated as though one is a criminal, even by people of the same racial background. That's America today!

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when all he is doing is living his peaceful life. More may come of this story, but as of now it appears to be a tragic mistake. Would a white woman, or even a white male, have been shot in a similar situation?
Here's a link to the story: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dallas-officer-enters-apartment-she...

Yes, America. It is different being a black male in America. DUH!

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many who frequent this site. Please understand that, having grown up in the central city, and having worked for many years in the central city, and having a father who also grew up and worked in the central city, I have always been open to listening to African Americans and their legitimate concerns.
Here is a quote from an article covering the killing of an apparently totally innocent black male who was killed by a neighbor who happened to be a police officer.
"Botham grew up in St. Lucia but his brother, Brandt, says that he was well aware of racial tensions in America.
'He said to me as a black man in Dallas, you don't walk with your hands in your pockets. Just so you don't get any profiling,' Brandt said."
Here is a link to the entire article. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/family-of-man-killed-in-his-home-dispu...
As it states in the article, the situation described by the shooter does not make sense to the family members of the victim. They call into question the veracity of the shooter.
I know that this is somewhat of a jump in thinking, but I do love to wear hoodies when the weather cools. The first time I put one on after Trayvon Martin was gunned down, I was worried as to how I would be perceived by others, even though I am not black.
Yes, America, being black in America is different!

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