African-American History, Black Consciousness
Our skin color has been weaponized and demonized by the dominant society. Black family members fear for their loved ones every time they leave their home. The all too familiar “talk”-counseling them on how to conduct themselves during police interactions, now has to be had with our black children around the age of 12, if not younger. We can “dress” right, “talk” right, drive expensive automobiles and hold six-figure positions and it still is not enough to protect us from a xenophobic police officer determined to violate our humanity. We as black people are under siege in America.