The Plight of the African American Male


Who, outside the immediate family of the victim, is there to mourn the loss of African American men in our community? Tales of police brutality and wrongful deaths of young black men do not get the scrutiny and publicity that they deserve. The optic lens of the microscope that examines the horrific tales of wrongful deaths is purposefully blurred. It gives a vague analyses of the facts and a distorted view of the circumstance. There is very little situational awareness as it relates to these crimes and the cries of the victims fall on deaf ears. We are left with the memories of these young men that, we hope, will live in infamy but very rarely ever do. From Emmet Till to Trayvon Martin we encounter simplified versions of stories that are depicted as cut and dry or black and white, while these modern day nightmares and others like them…

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