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How Do You Keep Your Sons Safe In A Racist Country? by Nekai(f): 4:19am On Mar 25, 2012
This post is inspired by the death of a 17 year old black teenager. He was killed by a white man that thought he looked suspicious. The teenager was just peacefully walking back to his father's house after buying some candy for his younger brother.

The shooter claimed he killed the boy in self defense after being attacked, but the altercation was recorded as a neighbor called the police, and you can hear the young boy screaming for help for almost a full minute before being shot.


The shooter wasn't even arrested.

This boy wasn't doing anything wrong and yet he lost his life. How can we keep our sons safe in a foreign land? I think I will tell my sons to be careful but I'm really discouraged to see that this kind of thing still goes on in america. sad
Re: How Do You Keep Your Sons Safe In A Racist Country? by quid(m): 7:18am On Mar 25, 2012
This incident occurred in the trigger-happy Gunshine State of Florida.

Perhaps you should consider moving to an area that does not put too much faith in pistols and rifles.

BTW, there was a Nairaland poster (bawomolo) that was also gunned down in front of his family house in the USA.

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Re: How Do You Keep Your Sons Safe In A Racist Country? by agiboma(f): 7:45am On Mar 25, 2012
@ OP well it ain't easy black males face so much racist stroetypes in these countries. They even grow up feeling it knowing they will face it @ some point or another. My brother is 18 and I cant tell you how much racism he has faced just for being a black male. I grew up in Canada and i can tell you its not that bad for females. Now i have a son and tbh I am very scared for him. Their is no way to avoid teh racism only to educate our children that it exist and not let it affect their self esteem when they come into contact with such people.
Re: How Do You Keep Your Sons Safe In A Racist Country? by Nekai(f): 12:05pm On Mar 25, 2012
@quid- Yes, I remember. I think it was in Chicago?

@agiboma- it's true. Females don't go through it as much as males here either. It's like they are scared when they see a man.

it's scary but like you said education is the key. I was very naïve in thinking that I wouldn't have to have conversation one day. it doesn't help the situation when you see so many black men here feeding into the stereotypes. Not to be offensive to anyone but a lot of AA men believe that it is a part of their culture to misbehave in public and be disrespectful by using bad language and being aggressive.

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