artbiafreemanirpt.jpgFor Anthony Williams, being black in America means being a suspect. he 39-year-old former Marine said he’s never had any trouble with the law, other than a few traffic violations, and leads a middle-class life in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. But the AT&T customer care representative said he still gets nervous when he hears that police are looking for a 6-foot-tall black man, “because I know I fit that description.” “I worry I will get pulled over and some police officer decides to shoot first and ask questions later,” Williams wrote.

Police recently questioned him in his own driveway after getting complaints that a man was walking in neighbors’ yards, Williams said. “You never know what to expect when you get pulled over by police, and that’s how it is when you’re black,” he said.

Vince Priester of Lithonia, Georgia, said the documentary was “intriguing and moving” and showed that “with all the change we’ve made as a society, things really haven’t changed” for black people.

“You have to tone yourself down when you’re around white people,” he said. “There’s nervousness from white women when I share an elevator with them; they put their hand on their pocketbook.” “You have to almost change yourself, dilute yourself, to live in a white society,” he said. iReport.com: Vince Priester describes being black in America We asked iReport.com writers and readers to share their reaction to part one of the four-hour documentary “Black in America.” Dozens of people have responded in the hours since the show ended. (Continue Reading…)

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  • Lana Shavers

    Being Black in America is a great commentary with many real experiences. I can truly identify with some of the things that was said because it helps to reflect on the past in order to vision a better future. The most striking thing which was not pondered enough was blacks on blacks distructive behavior in one form or another.

    Another issue, should have been discussed more is the mental state of black women producing children in an alarming rate alone. When blacks were physically in slavery, we were breed to raise healthy slaves, our men were sold and so we had to raise children alone. But now, black women can not do raise children alone anymore and expect them to be sucessful, there are too many challenges. Mentally, I think blacks continue to be stuck in one mode that “I can do it alone.” My mother did it, my grandmother did it and I can too

    The world is a different place and the challenges are too great for one woman to raise 5 or 6 children all alone with the aid of government. But, we must remember that the government purpose was to keep us in slavery by any means necessary, physically or mentally, or both, so it has accomplished this task with the help of black people, the number of men incarcerated, (removing the men from the household by any means necessary), the number of illigitimate babies ( being raised by single mothers, the lack of achieving a good education, lack of motivation to do the what is required to be sucessful.

    So, inorder to live without doing what is essentially necessary, we produce more children something we know how to do because that was one of first jobs for black women to have as many healthy slaves as prossible for the master, because its easier to do than trying to get an education furthermore, you don’t have to put forth any effort. Its just like a job, except you don’t have to go to school, it adds money to the welfare check along with other incentives to have more illigitimate children. You send them off to school to be taught and raised by teachers, TV media and by other street people.