23 Things That Could Get You Killed For Being Black in America

Posted by Sidney, 18 Jul

'I Hope My Son Stays White', was the title of an article on Ebony Magazine by a White father who is married to a Haitian woman. At the time, their son could still pass as white. And the reasons behind this is because he recognizes the social and racial injustices that Black people in America have to experience; especially Black men. He writes about his fears for his mixed race child one he gets older and darker:

"... if his skin eventually comes to resemble my wife’s more than mine – there will be consequences for him. People will fear him... It will only be worse if he wears a hoodie and sags his jeans.

...women will cross the street when they see him coming, the way they sometimes do when they pass my wife’s brother on the sidewalk. Convenience store employees will follow him suspiciously around the aisles. Cops may hassle him for things I don’t think twice about, like jaywalking.

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And, if any of these people decide they need a gun to defend themselves against my scary, black, unarmed son, a large segment of society will assume he deserved to die.

This conversation is part of the reason why, before my son was born, I hoped he’d be a girl. ...I also know that my son’s blackness really only presents a danger to himself."

That seems to be the social injustices a black man in America has to endure. Well, below is a video ("23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America") which was done by various celebrities Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Bono - to make people see the reality of the situation in order for them to understand why "it's time to take action to heal the long history of systemic racism in America."

Sad but a considerable number of Black men have died that way. Watch and don't forget to leave a comment about how we can heal our nation.

18 responses to "23 Things That Could Get You Killed For Being Black in America"

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  1.   sultrylady says:
    Posted: 15 Aug

    Whether you agree or disagree with this article this topic need to be discussed... period! Stop trying to ignore this issue or pretend it doesn't exist because it does! If you're the parent of a black male, who possess black features, you have fears such as this white father who's married to a Haitian woman. You must have "the talk!" White Supremacy is alive, well, striving and I've been a victim of it myself even when I tried to pawn the incident off as non-racial! At times, the racism is blatant and in your face racism! Therefore, if you, black or white, have never experienced how this father feels or what has occurred to those who were a victim of police brutality, you can't possibly emphasize but tend to quick to dismiss and ignore facts with a chip on your shoulder! Admit the truth that you are "uncomfortable" discussing racial relations in America! There is absolutely nothing ordinary citizens can do to combat this problem. It is beyond us and it started at the top with out political figures, the media perpetuate, distort, lies to ignite hate and the CEO's of companies put in place discriminatory employment practices e.g. denial of employment/low wages. Banks present high interest rates to persons of color. Landlords deny fair housing. Black public schools have inadequate, antiquated learning materials. People are racially profiled because of your skin, and the list goes on... do your research. When you do, you will find what I stated to be a FACT! Blacks in America are the permanent underclass! Clean up our neighborhood you say, when we do and strive WE are considered a threat! A few of our neighborhoods were bombed by our government!! Once again, a fact! Be part of the solution, not part of the problem if you seek an IR Relationship!

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  2.   thepillow85 says:
    Posted: 11 Aug

    I have no idea why such a negative article would be on an interracial dating site. We know why we came to this site, obviously to find people from other ethnicities. Yet, when you post such morbid articles, they seem dichotomous to your so called mission which "should" be to bring people from different cultures together. This should not be the platform for race bating and rable rousing the obvious tensions that the American Media Machine created. You'd be better off posting some interracial porn over this depressing hill of beans. SMH!

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  3.   Chris2791 says:
    Posted: 26 Jul

    Most of this video is just BS propaganda. This is a false narrative. I challenge you to look up the actual details of the cases. These people are not presenting the facts. They were not killed for the basic reasons these people are stating. Do your research before you believe what Celebrities feed you... I am tired of seeing these divisive articles on this site. Can i ignore them? Sure. Maybe i will give up on this and just delete my account. But this does nothing to help things. Do we have race problems? Sure.But don't spend the majority of your time on the negative. Please try to present more articles that promote Unity , please, for everyone's sake.

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    • blackbelle01 says:
      Posted: 27 Jul

      I agree with you 100% that we need more articles that promote unity and not negativity

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      • bwalker369 says:
        Posted: 29 Jul

        I am sooooooo tired if black people trying g to come up with solutions in a place that's destined to be destroyed.. We didn't come over here on the Nina, the pinta, or the santa maria !!!! We came over in the holes of ships against our will for our captivity as it was prophecied for the disobedience of our fore fathers... This is written of in scripture, which these fake politicians, and preachers be er address.. We read every book but the Bible, and just look at the earth and its current condition. Rape, robbery, murder, are at the core of it all... America will soon be destroyed as it is written.FEMA, martial law, micro chips of people, this is all in scripture. Black people don't know there name, language, culture, or there future. Too busy watching t.v, eating, partying, sports and play while this government is planning our demise... Wake up!

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        • blackbelle01 says:
          Posted: 30 Jul

          If you are so pro Black then way are you an IR dating sight?

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          • Mosiah7 says:
            Posted: 03 Aug

            You can be "pro black" and date/marry outside your race. Maya Angelou did it. I believe Frederick Douglass did too. Serena Williams speaks up about the way blacks are treated in America all the time and she's with a white man. It doesn't mean you hate other races of people. In Atlanta, where I live, there were people of all races united with blacks when they were speaking up against police brutality. Dating outside your race doesn't mean forgetting who you are or being timid when you see injustice. I'm proud as hell to be black but I like dating outside my race too (as well as dating inside of it). I can't speak on or agree to everything bwalker369 said, but you can love your race and date other races.

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          • Sugahrush says:
            Posted: 05 Aug

            L I K E! Well stated and most beneficent reply, Mosiah.

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          • sultrylady says:
            Posted: 15 Aug

            Many of us are judgmental and have hate in our hearts because of our mistreatments. There is no such thing as reverse racism (as many people have coined and call what is our prejudices are toward our oppressors). I also believe you can have love for your own and date outside and I totally agree with everything you stated. Some of us want so badly to believe incidents as depicted in the new as well as this video doesn't exist and I believe some of our "folk" want to imagine they aren't black which is the sole reason why 'some' <--- key word is some, date outside and I've conducted a thesis on that very topic! Black people aren't winning which encourage some to claim they are of "mixed" heritage. If our world was reverse and we had Black Supremacy, Blacks would, without a doubt, LOVE the skin they're in!

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      • wellyman says:
        Posted: 22 Aug

        Amen

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  4.   Lacey1972 says:
    Posted: 25 Jul

    Until we all learn that the color of your skin is not your race, there will continue to be tensions between differing ethnic backgrounds. The only race is the 'Human Race' until proven otherwise. The color of your skin is your ethnic background. Ignorance is killing us all.

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  5. Posted: 22 Jul

    These african american ppl where killed by caucasian officers. This is beyond evil. Let us pray for the peace of JESUS least the officers that killed them, in turn wind up on the end of a bullet out of revenge. Vengeance is HIS. HE shall repay. We should have to make NO apologies for being black. G-d made us in HIS image and likeness. Satan hates the lord. He kills, steals and destoys. Remember, people were fully established in this country before the pilgrims arrived here..

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  6.   Sugahrush says:
    Posted: 19 Jul

    Thank you for your candor, Darren. Yours is a shared expression of discomfort with the topic. I get it. I respect it. Again, thank you for boldly being the 1st Responder on this post. The Advice/Opinion center of an interracial dating/mating site should be the one place where a discussion on the subject of 'Interpersonal Ethnic Relationships (eg, race relations)' is welcome and honored. The constituency of the site are those who want to 'mingle, mix and swirl' their ways from Dating to Mating....right? I mean, it's our racial differences and preferences which draw us to this site and its members. Surely, the navet is scarce, which holds that one can enter into an interracial relationship and NOT be affected by the historical baggage, battery, and bruises of the Significant Other. THIS discussion is essential to the success of our relationships, partnerships and our ability to love others--ALL others--fearlessly, honestly, and tenaciously. How will the tough questions be addressed? How will the hurts be mended? How will the withdrawn opportunities and lost connections be handled? What happens when your important bridges are burned-- but neither of You started the fire? Regardless of how put together (aka, drama-free; baggage free; care free; lovin'-and- livin'-to-the-fullest, etc) one claims to be, the fact is even the most positive first impression is 'colored' by preconceived facts OR fictions. Every Man, Every Woman must be prepared to face the ugly truth that our fairy tale romances don't always end well. There's usually a dragon, a wicked witch, a conniving king or an evil queen plotting against our happily ever after. The Total Package Woman & Man of EVERY hue brings a history of loving someone who has been affected by sordid accounts of ignorance that is racism, bias, abuse. We must have the dialogues and discussions in order to equip them to be supportive and to be supported. ...and, yes, it hurts and is scary...but getting outside our selfish selves and REALLY tuning into the laments and wails of a wounded, infuriated, frustrated friend--or foe--usually is.

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    • Beautifull10 says:
      Posted: 20 Jul

      Hello Sugahrush, Well said I could not agree more, and I could not have said it better!! #truthhurts #lovewins #keepsmiling

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      • Sugahrush says:
        Posted: 25 Jul

        Sister Beautiful, Thank you. You are very kind. I appreciate your support. =o)

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  7. Posted: 18 Jul

    Can we leave the race baiting off this site please!

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    • blackbelle01 says:
      Posted: 07 Aug

      I agree that we should leave the race baiting off this site. The people who come to this site are obviously inclusive or they would not be here. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: I am not delusional and know that racial problems exist but I feel that this site should be an oasis for people who are like minded to come to and not feel alienated because of their race, religion or sexual preference.

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