Let me start by saying that I am a black man who is educated. I attended one of the best (if not the best) high school in Detroit (Renaissance High) where 95% of the graduates attend college upon graduation, I hold a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters of management in finance. However, I don’t think that is enough to shake off the stink of black male stereotypes in America. That is why I am constantly trying to figure out what to do next or more to fight against the machine. The machine that I speak of, is the stereotypes used unfavorably against black people in America and those individuals perpetuate those stereotypes. Let us create a scenario to further shall we to drive home the point I am trying to get across. First, you have two guys who commit the same crime one is white and the other black, both are crooks in book, so essentially they are the same; however in the court of law the white man’s defense will layout an argument that paints a picture of confused man who was a good student, came from a good home but just had things appear in his life that unfortunately change his mental make-up which led to his wrongdoing. The argument will be compelling, so compelling that the prosecution will not even pursue all the charges against the accused, unless the crime is too heinous to ignore. Now, lets look at the black guy where the start is the end, he will not have a good lawyer in the beginning, no picture is drawn about where he went wrong, and the prosecutor will up all charges to the maximum sentence possible, hell he might not even make it to trial because he might killed when he is arrested. Do you know why the aforementioned scenario is true in so many cases in the Court of Law? One reason is because the perception of black men in America since the test of time has been tainted so badly. Using the phrase “Black Men” is like an oxymoron to the majority of the White America, many of them think we are animals that deserve to be caged or killed. To say that all white people feel this way is naive of me, because some black people believe that too, sad but true. However, we have countless black men in the hood that feel they have to take on the thug mantra to get money and women, and being a positive member of the black culture is lame and the turn-up is not real unless they high as a martian fart, drunk as a skunk, or pill/gun popping. Those are the images that are projected of young black men in society which further personifies the stereotypes that White America has of us, which make them think we are thugs and animals. Whenever incidents like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, or Tamir Rice happen in America, we all know the script that will be followed, where the portrait is painted that the dead young black male was a drug dealing, drug infused, super thug with mutant strength, that the person who killed them had no choice but to euthanize him. To make situations worst when the white media go into the communities where these incidents occurred, the white media makes it a point to talk to the most uneducated people in the community. It is almost that like look around and say let’s get the that person over there that has a scarf on their head, with no teeth, and no moisturizer on their skin or lips, to ask how they feel about the situation. This is done as a method or serves as piece of carrying out the plan of character assassination of the victim that leaves people dumbfounded on who is the real victim the shooter or the dead. I will admit that some of the black males that have been served an unjust death were not sterling by no means, but we all have done wrong in our lifetime and had a chance for redemption. I heard a MSNBC correspondent mentioned, that he was sick and tired of the people (meaning black people) hailing Mike Brown as hero when he was a thug who allegedly attacked a police officer, that sentiment is far from the truth. We don’t see him as a hero or martyr like Rosa Parks or Medger Evers, but as a symbol that a young black man does not have a chance to make amends for the mistakes they make or one mistake can be fatal; however a white kid in Texas can kill a whole family with his car and get off scott free because he said, him being privileged was the reason a family was killed. It is that same white privilege that the white media uses to rush to judgment on all black men or black people in general and will not allow them to learn or understand black culture fully; therefore leading them to make some of the most asinine and off base comments that can be spewed by a human being. For once can the white media gather opinions and good reasoning from thought-provoking black people, and do not promote a collection of black people who fit the demographic of the image that they are trying to project on the victim, just once. Oh well, who am I? Nobody, right, and my opinion is mines and mines only. The machine that we as black men are currently fighting will continue to operate at maximum utilization, no matter what we say or do, though we are disappointed or sadden by the many outcomes that our black males face these days by being portrayed as a thug. That thuggish image of black males will always be White America’s defense of killing or imprisoning black men for just breathing the same air as them or in their opinion stealing the air from them.