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While I was scrolling down my Facebook timeline i stumbled across this picture:
Imagine how I felt when I read this and was completely shocked. First, I wondered why no one knew about this, why our black men are portrayed in the US as nothing but thugs and criminals and good-for-nothings. It was also after some reflection while writing this that I realized that my utter shock at this was as big a problem as it is. As I think while I write this, I become more aware of the fact that I have fed into these pictures of black men as probably has most of anyone else who has ever watched the news. The fact that 1) I was not aware of something like this at all, and 2) I was astounded when I read it, made me ashamed. It also opened my eyes to how much the media- which we already know and are becoming more aware of the fact that it is failing us- is able to twist things, give us a single story, and make us believe that is the only story. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told us about the danger of a single story in her TED Talk. I absolutely love this TED talk because it makes me think about what I know and what I think I know. I now think of this nugget of information in relevance to this TED talk and feel horrible. I want to change this single story, and this is part of the reason why I am studying what I am, and doing what I do, so that these single stories won’t be the only stories any longer.
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Love you guys, Until Next Time
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