Polo, Khakis, Sperry’s, still a N*****!

Chaddirck G
Ann Arbor, MI
Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan

No matter how I dress, what I do, or say I am viewed this way on U of M’s campus, in the state of Michigan and outside of it. No matter what I do to lesson the fear of me being a Black and African American Man. It doesn’t matter because at the end of the day people fear me. Yes, I am a 6’0 ft, 265 lbs, Black man. But those are not reasons to fear me. If i wear a hoodie and baggie clothes I am feared, when I wear a polo, khakis and Sperry boat shoes I am still feared. So what is the point of even trying to conform to what popular culture deems as an acceptable appearance?


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