How would you like it if someone attributed you to another person that shares your skin tone? You would feel horrible, right?
I wonder why Black men are looked at as scary? Please explain to me how they make you feel intimidated? Everyone needs to understand that Black people are down to earth people. If we confront people, it is because we want to resolve our issues in the moment and tell people what they are doing is wrong. Putting someone in harm’s way is never our intention when we want to make things right. Other groups calling the cops on Black people bothers me because I have to do whatever it takes to prevent myself from getting into that situation even though I haven’t dealt with it yet. I have to be timid around other groups, just to not be seen as a threat. I have to hide how I feel so I am not looked at as the aggressor when clearly I am not. I should not have to put up with someone provoking me and then make me the bad guy when I’ve had enough.
When you treat Black people like criminals just because they happen to be in your presence, you make them feel more uncomfortable. When you clutch your purse, or try to find an excuse to move away, you create an awkward situation. The Black person standing near you is not worried about harming you. We already know the consequences of attempting to. So why create an awkward situation for an innocent bystander that happens to have colored skin? Whenever you encounter a Black individual alone anywhere, just smile and greet them. Make their day. It never fails to put a smile on a person’s face.
Why is it when we disagree with something, people get intimidated? It puts us in a position where we cannot have a honest dialogue. If other groups are quick to perceive danger because the person disagrees with them, they are not looking to have dialogue. That is direct bullying. An example of direct bullying is being the aggressor while playing the victim, projecting flaws onto someone who is trying to get their feelings across.
When others say they feel intimidated, they are invalidating those who are trying to peacefully get their perspective across.It is fair to be intimidated when the person verbally attacks you or objects. Other than that, I don’t think it is right to label us as intimidating when we disagree with things. When you do that, you subtly come across as being prejudiced because you are validating stereotypes toward a person.
Every group have to stop listening to the media. It does nothing but instigate racial tensions. What we see in the media is different than what we experience first-hand. We have to hold every group accountable when they do wrong. Everyone has to held to the same standard. If everyone is equally and fairly criticized for their bad behavior, then maybe race baiting might be reduced and all groups might get along.
I had to get my point across because I am tired of Black people being stereotyped and punished for being black. I need people to understand that we have feelings and emotions like everyone else. You don’t have to like certain people, but you have to respect them and treat them how you would like to be treated.