Friday, March 23, 2012

"African Americans still feel invisible"

"That’s one of the great frustrations of African-American life, those times when you are standing right there, minding your busi­ness, tending your house, coming home from the store, and other people are looking right at you, yet do not see you.

They see instead their own superstitions and suppositions, paranoia and guilt, night terrors and vulnerabilities. They see the perpetrator, the suspect, the mug shot, the dark and scary face that lurks at the open windows of their vivid imaginings. They see the unknown, the inassimilable, the other.

They see every damn thing in the world but you."

from The ‘invisibility’ that plagues blacks still by Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald, March 23, 2012
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