Stereotypes of the Young African American Male
Stereotypes of the African American Male Define an Entire Group
Stereotypes Affect How We See Others and Ourselves
"Black Man Feeling Under Siege"
I look at you not because I want to harm you
I wish I could be where you are in life
I stare at your purse not because I want to steal it
I wish I could afford to give one as a gift to my lady
I drag my feet when I walk, not because I'm lazy or shiftless
My feet are tired from looking for better employment
My face appears hard not because I'm a criminal
I'm angry because I just got laid off from my job
I dress the way I do not because I lack self-respect
It's the best I can do and all I can afford right now
I would love to save a little money
But there isn't much left after expenses
So when you see me through your cloudy lenses
Stop and adjust for the perceptions in your head
What you think you see may not be the real me at all
So let up and relax your critical nature
Reach out to me non-judgmentally
Greet me with a hello, smile before you scowl
Do not fear, but pray for me and for you
That all your stereotypes of me will be extracted from your mind
And that those stereotypes we see acted out by a few
Will no longer define your perceptions of me, and me of myself
Young Black Males are Perceived in Mostly Negative Ways
Our Stereotypes Affect The Way We See Others
Which traits affect the way you perceive African American males?
I have a dream that my four little girls will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Young Black Boys are Impacted by Stereotypes and Labels
Bigotry Underlies and Influences Our Perceptions
Which external factors cause you to judge African American males the most?
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© 2016 Janis Leslie Evans