“Living While Black” Gets More Dangerous for Kids


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Summary of Curtis Bunn’s article “The list of things to warn black children about keeps getting longer”

Published by NBC News April 20, 2023.

Concerned Father and Daughter
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The shooting of Ralph Yarl adds to an ever-growing list of concerns Black parents have regarding their children being targeted. The case reminded Monique Joseph of what could have happened to her 9-year-old daughter, Bobbi Wilson, last October. There is an increasing number of such tragic and unnecessary incidents, as illuminated by several recent stories.

What happened to Ralph Yarl seeking to retrieve his twin brothers from a friend’s house and to Joseph’s daughter spraying a pesticide on invasive lantern flies were similar in this way: Both were young Black people merely going about their peaceful, everyday lives.

Yarl was shot by 84-year-old Andrew Lester, a white man who said he opened fire through his door because, he told police, he was scared to death. Bobbi Wilson was confronted by law enforcement when neighbor who is a White former member of local government, called the police to report a suspicious person. Just two more in a line of Black youths being harmed or killed while doing routine things by law enforcement or by ordinary white citizens.

Michael Bradley, of Chicago, said one day in January he arrived home in time to see two police officers standing in front of his 19-year-old son with their hands on their guns. A White neighbor had called the police because they thought his son, who was home from college for the holidays, was stealing packages left outside houses.

Is this fast becoming a “new normal,” a commonplace part of the culture in 21st century America?

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