I am getting the notion that some people believe that racism or preconceived notions do not factor into when a person is profiled. I strongly disagree with that notion.
I read a story online a few weeks ago where a white man who was picking up his black granddaughter from school when someone saw him and called the police. Thinking that he possibly kidnapped the girl. I joked with my wife about that someone is going to do that to me one day when I’m out with our nieces.
This week I was at Mc Donald’s with my niece when some guy walks up her and asks if she’s okay. Obviously because I’m black and she’s not. Did he think that she was in some sort of danger because of my appearance? Hell yeah! No doubt! Did he think I was a pimp running a Hunger Games-like kiddie prostitution ring?? Who knows? But there is one thing I do know is that if I were with a black kid he would not have asked if they were okay. He would have not given it a second thought. People think we make this stuff up. No we don’t. It’s real!!!
That is why George Zimmerman went after Trayvon Martin. People like that idiot I dealt with and Zimmerman assume the worst because of appearance. I’m not sure how suspicious or threatening I was since I was wearing a Black hawks t-shirt not a hoodie.