For 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…)