Your Worst Fear To The Rescue
I love irony. Particularly when it strikes at the heart of what we assume to be true regarding race. When many people envision young African-American men they may think of the criminally-inclined, indifferent, basketball-playing stereotypes pictured above. Black men, particularly when in groups of two or more, are generally viewed as dangerous even by other blacks.
My friend John emailed me a clip from the Today Show that I needed to share. The title of the segment is "Stranger Danger: Would Anyone Help Your Child?" In it, "Security Specialist" Bill Stanton tests the general publics' reaction to a possible child abduction. Unfortunately, most of the people who witnessed this 'kidnapping' kept right on walking. Not terribly surprising. Finally, however, two gentlemen did stop and take action. Guess what they looked like.