driving while black

Things America Says You Can't Do If You're Black

Taking examples from the news, Mother Jones's Lauren Williams lists 21 things Black people can't do without making White people suspicious

by #teamEBONY, February 12, 2014

driving while black

There's evidence that just being Black in the United States is often all it takes to arouse suspicion.

Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things Black people can't do without others thinking they're up to no good.

1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.

2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.

3. Wear a hoodie.

4. Drive after swimming.

5. Drive in a car with a White girl.

6. Appear in public in New York City.

7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.

8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.

9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.

10. Seek help after a car accident.

11. Inspect your own property.

12. Show up at your job.

13. Talk trash after an NFL game.

14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.

15. Buy designer accessories at Barney’s.

16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.

17. Be a 13-year-old boy.

18. Enter your own home.

19. Botch a science experiment.

20. Be a tourist.

21. Lay face down in handcuffs.

Read it at Mother Jones.



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