When Black Becomes ‘Suspicious’

If you’re a Black man, you’ll always be suspicious to somebody.

It doesn’t matter if you’re walking home from the grocery store, pumping gas or coaching young kids in an after school program, some will always be afraid.

It was nearing closing time in Mar. 2014 when Julia Walter, a white manager at Boffi Georgetown dispatched a series of alarmed messages. As she observed two men yelling outside the luxury kitchen and bath showroom, she reached for her phone to access a private messaging app that hundreds of wealthy, white residents in the posh neighborhood used to report “suspicious” activity.

“2 Black males screaming at each other in alley,” Walter wrote. “…Help needed.”

A minute later, a District police officer posted he would check it out, and Walter felt relieved. But as weeks passed and the app became filled with reports, Walter’s relief turned to unease. The majority of those being reported in the app were Black.

Read the rest at The Washington Post.

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