Your outfits decide the perception

Do I become wary when I come upon a young black man or group of black men with their hoodies covering their head and their hands in the pockets, pants around their knees, their cap turned around backwards, gold teeth, excessive tattoos, and them behaving suspiciously or making lewd comments as women walk by? You're darn tootin'. Do you know why, because statistically this is the description of a dangerous individual and common sense tells one to be wary.

Further, do I respond the same way when I see a young white man appearing as described, you're darn tootin' I do.

If you don't want to be profiled then I suggest you not have the appearance of a thug or hoodlum. Don't behave in a manner that would lead someone to believe your a thug or hoodlum.

For the black community, I didn't create this environment, you did. Your crime rate is higher than anyone else's, your statistics for violence, dropping out of school, abandoning your children, and violence against women are the highest.

Whether you are black or white, if you dress and behave like a thug you're going to be labeled or suspected of being just that.

That isn't racism.

Lisa Gunter


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