A lot of you need to watch this....
Check out 9:50 if you don't wanna watch the whole thing...
Man please. This is stupid. Everything he starts going in on has happened to me and I'm not a thug, don't have any tattoos, don't wear hats or jewelry, or anything of the sort. FOH.
It's systemic racism. It's institutionalized. It's part of the structure of society. It's not something you can "dress" out of. It's literally part of my make up. I had a woman who was on the hiring team that hired me say they wouldn't have hired me if my hair hadn't been the "right" way.
I've seen legions of white people get hired for jobs they weren't qualified for, while black people often don't get that same benefit. I should probably put a paper together and submit it to a journal.
I can wear a suit 24 hours a day, and I'm still a black man. And that's the bottom line for many people. They're still scared of me. They still jump when I walk around a corner. It has been coded in the culture of America for centuries, and I hope you're not dumb enough to think that fashion choices of the last 20 years are to blame rather than 100's of years of systematic oppression and discrimination that permeated every level of American society.
Take a step back and think harder.