When a UPS package arrived at Sean Carter’s doorstep that wasn’t his, he declined to deliver it to the correct house. Instead, he called the shipping company to request that they come and picking it up.
Why would a Harvard-educated lawyer decline to do something so apparently simple and harmless? Because, according to Carter, for American black men, it’s not.
In a heartfelt, painfully real Facebook post, Carter explained how racism puts black American men and boys in impossibly difficult, and often unsafe, situations.
“But Sean, why wouldn’t you be a decent person and just take the package to your neighbor? Or better yet, you have teenage sons. Send one of them. That’s the perk of having teenagers — free menial labor.” The answer is because we’re black. And it’s extremely unsafe to send our boys to the home of any household that we don’t know in this predominantly white neighborhood.”
A father to teenage sons, Carter brought up how a permeating racism is in society, to the point where Carter felt uncomfortable asking his sons to deliver the package , nor pushing himself to do it.
Even though Carter is highly educated, lives in a gated community, and by most standards a successful, contributing is part of his community, he is still seen as a threat because of his blackness.
Carter goes on to cite the countless experiences of other black men and boys who have been viewed as a threat and subsequently criminalized in public spaces as reasoning for his selection. He specifically talks about Brennan Walker a 14-year-old black teen who decided to walk to school after missing his bus and got lost. In need of directions, Walker knocked on a neighbor’s door and was met with gunfire instead help and kindness.
“THAT is why this f ****** package will be sitting on my porch until UPS retrieves it, ” Carter writes. “Because I can’t trust that my white neighbours won’t insure me, a Harvard-educated lawyer( or my 14 yo honor student son) as a roaming homicidal maniac.'”
Carter’s post about “post-racial” America resonated with thousands of Facebook users and the post ran viral.
Social media users from all over the country chimed in to express their solidarity with Carter, share their own experiences, and express frustration over how black people are being treated.
Carter’s post was liked and shared so many times, he appeared on CNNto further discuss his post.
“There’s a reason that you have gates, and it’s not to keep the rich people out, ” Carter told. “It’s to keep out that ‘undesirable part, ‘ whatever that are likely to. Right now I have a suit on, I don’t look like the undesirable element. But in a hoodie, or in weekend attire, I would look like the person you’d call to worry about your neighborhood. I wasn’t going to subject myself or my 14 -year-old sons to that.”
Carter’s analysis is right. A 2014 analyse found that black boys as young as 10 years old “were more likely to be seen as older and more responsible for their actions” than their white peers. It’s a reality that black men and boys have lived with for decades, and it’s a reality that needs to change.
Carter’s explanation online that black humen shouldn’t have to live like this is totally on phase, but we should also guarantees to we don’t merely support Ivy League trained people of color.
Black Americans, regardless of socioeconomic background, educational pedigree, or professional status, should be able to move freely without the fear of persecution.
To ensure that black Americans feel safe in their neighborhoods, tasks, and schools, it will require non-black people to reevaluate their biases and subconscious stereotypes. When people acknowledge their inherent biases and work to see black people as humans as opposed to menaces, we create a fairer, safer nation for all nations.
Our country has proven time and time again that it’s capable of this change. Let’s make it happen.
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