Tough Question #1
Imagine that you are a Black man and the year is 1955. You’re walking down the street in the community known as Bridgeport in Chicago and four white men pull up beside you in a Chevy.
Are you afraid?
The year is 1964 and you are a young Black man driving down a dark road on your way to Meridian, Mississippi with two Jewish associates, when you see the bright lights of a car in your rear view mirror. Then, you see a flashing red light and know that it is a police vehicle.
Do you feel safe or are you forever regretful?
As a Black man in the year 2010, you’re driving through Chicago’s Englewoodcommunity and you quite appropriately stop at a stop sign. Before you can pull off, four Black men pull up next to your car.
Are you scared?
Where do you as a Black American feel safe?
Where do you feel threatened?
Why are we still afraid?
Haven’t we been afraid long enough?