Erik,

Welcome to the lived and daily experience of probably 99% of all Black people living in the United States. The constant drain of knowing that at any moment your humanity can be stripped of you (aided and abetted by the full weight of white supremacy aided by a system of racism entrenched in the nation’s judicial system) because of some White person’s distorted perception and fears of who you are is something every Black American knows . . . except for maybe Ben Carson, and he’s delusional.

Yes, the dishonesty is painful.

Yes, the behavior is medieval.

Yes, the reality of it is absurd.

And so is the reality that similar injustices are still happening.

When They See Us should get to you. It should get to every single person who sees it. But I have to wonder when and if dramatic depictions of Black trauma will move people in this country to make changes in the fabric of country’s systems?

I wholly agree. America should do better; but the oppressed — who are a minority in this country, can not do it alone. White people must do better.

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