Why Black Males Should Not Be Seen As Intimidating
People need to get out of the habit of clutching their purses or crossing the street every time they see a black male walking towards them.
Pic: Unsplash / Gift Habeshaw
I believe that in society black boys are portrayed in a way which makes them seem aggressive and dangerous. I’m writing this article to show citizens why these stereotypes are false and offensive.
We mind our own business
Many people have the idea that we cause trouble for civilians. However, this is not true. As a black boy myself, I can say that we have our own lives and we do not go out of our way to cause any harm to random people. People need to get out of the habit of clutching their purses or crossing the street every time they see a black male walking towards them. You also do not know how that person feels when they see you fear them because of their appearance.
We do great things for the community
An excellent example for this point is the drill artist Sav12. Drill music as we know has a very negative reputation in the UK (explained in my other article here). However, this drill artist allegedly saved a young girl from being kidnapped by a paedophile in a 20-minute car chase. Unreal. This shows that even people with certain reputations are not heartless people and can do things that a lot of other citizens wouldn’t have the courage to do.
We are very humorous
An overlooked characteristic of black males is their great sense of humour. Think about the most popular comedians in the past decade, yeah exactly. I firmly believe black males are the funniest humans on the planet, and this goes for Devontay from down the street too. Have a conversation with a black person at work or in school. You won’t regret it. Everyone needs a laugh to make their day, and I can assure you that black males can provide that for you.
To conclude, black boys and men are not what the media wants us to be. Yes, we have our issues in our communities, but so does everyone else, and the lack of love and respect for us will not help the situation get any better.