My personal experiences as a victim of police brutality allows me to see the full picture of what is really going on. They don’t like those that aren’t them. Bottom-line. If you aren’t following the leader with them, then your playing a power role that makes them feel threatened when there may not have been a threat to begin with.
The truth lies within their fear…
Stopping street harassment is going to take women and men. The problem is that it’s often viewed as a woman’s issue alone, which clearly neglects that the majority of those who harass are men. As a Black man, I seldom worry about going somewhere having a person make unwanted advances, touching my person, or live in the constant fear that any moment I could be accosted.
Or do I?
In hearing the testimonies of women enduring street harassment, I couldn’t help but hear the testimonies of young men of color regarding police harassment. While street harassment and police harassment have key difference, in many important ways they’re similar.* Here are three important parallels:
It’s everywhere– I live in New York City, the mecca of diversity. However, when you look at the stop-and-frisk numbers for the city you find that Black and Latino (predominantly male) residents are singled out. In…
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