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Do I Threaten You?
The following post is dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin, the young brother who was gunned down in Florida over a month ago. Racially motivated of not, there was no need for this young man to lose his life on the basis of looking suspicious.
Do I threaten you?
Do I make you scared for your personal safety?
Do you see me and expect to get robbed or raped?
Do you question how my parents raised me?
If you saw me walking on the same street as you, would you run the other way? If you were across the street, would you call the cops on me?
If I made room for you to sit next to me on the bus or train, would you rather stand?
If I walked into your store, would you deny me service?
If I was hailing a cab, would you drive past me?
If I asked for directions, would you send me the wrong way?
If I was dating your daughter, would you think I wasn’t good enough for her?
Am I unworthy of your respect?
Do you know who I am or what I’m about based on this black hoodie?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions …
You don’t know the first thing about me.