How to Talk to Black Boys About Trayvon Martin: Eight Talking Points About The Potentially Fatal Condition of Being Black


By: Touré

In his Time Magazine column, writer Touré outlines eight talking points to handle what he calls “the potentially fatal condition of being black.”  Touré is the author of four books, including Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now

1. It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. Black maleness is a potentially fatal condition. I tell you that not to scare you but because knowing that could save your life. There are people who will look at you and see a villain or a criminal or something fearsome. It’s possible they may act on their prejudice and insecurity. Being black could turn an ordinary situation into a life-or-death moment even if you’re doing nothing wrong.

2. If you encounter such a situation, you need to play it cool. Keep your wits about you. Don’t worry about winning the situation. Your mission is to survive.

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2 Responses to “How to Talk to Black Boys About Trayvon Martin: Eight Talking Points About The Potentially Fatal Condition of Being Black”

  1. DJ Swann, I Says:

    I am DJ Swann, I. I am the leader of THE STOP USING THE N WORD ! movement. As I am sure you are aware, using the N word is a problem in our communities. Moreover, our youth are allowing people of other persuasions to use this epitaph in their regard. I implore you to assist me in my endeavor to eradicate this specific vernacular from our vocabulary. In the cloud below you will find some solutions and information on how to access a ground breaking, youth friendly video. Please, support the movement, share the information in the cloud and make sure that everyone you know watches the video. Remember, each one teach one and it takes a village to raise a child.

    Thank you,

    DJ Swann, I

    http://soundcloud.com/darren-jackson-swann/sets/stop-using-the-n-word

  2. I think black’s need to wake up and stop calling each other names,which feeds these racist sterotypes.That is the real problem.
    Look how rap music or Hip Hop has become so criminalized.
    All this fake thug,wannabe stuff was designed to sell records.The people behind this madness could care less how many black males go to prison ,kll each other or get killed by the police.
    Instead of black’s and whites sitting around watching updated 21st coonnery and coonism and the rest this 21st century monkey shining going on. Black’s need to tell these girls and guys to calling each other the h word,the n word and the b word

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