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Controlling the Narrative

As a black man, I'm born with a target on my back

In the US, and around the world people glamorize the worst images of black people and say that’s who we are. We’re not baby daddies, thugs, or any of these negatives that people try to project onto us.

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For black Americans, there is “Double Consciousness” -  the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others and measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. First used by W. E. B. Du Bois from his book The Souls of Black Folk, the term describes the internal struggle I and many black Americans deal with of being black and being black in America. This first consciousness is the inward project of oneself created by a segment of white Americans who have a disdain for black people. The second is from how the world glamorizes the worst image of black people and say that’s who we are.

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