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April 01, 2012

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Aegina

I have been incredibly shaken by this and my kid's white and female; I can hardly imagine how it is for you. I was teaching Brent Staples' much-anthologized piece "Black Men and Public Space" to an ESL class yesterday and even mentioned you in passing. I tried to impress upon the class the weight and relevance of Staples' line (which I now know by heart) that "being perceived as dangerous is a hazard in itself. Where fear and weapons meet, as they often do in urban America, there is always the chance of death." Sad that he wrote the piece in the 80s and nothing has changed. And I hate that to have The Talk with children, you have to teach them about hate and racism and thoughts that might never have naturally occurred to them.

Aegina

PS -- great photo!

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