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How Do You Explain the Conundrum of Good Young Black Masculinity in Racist Society to Young Black Men

Don’t run, you will be suspect of something. Don’t walk slowly too, you might be shot. This is the conundrum of explaining the politics of young black masculinity in racist society to young black men.

Is there then a right way to walk, hold you body, feel, laugh, be angry if you are male, young, and black?

Is it possible to be a good young black man in a racist society?

Can you be ordinary? Can you ever be not suspect?

Can you just be?

Or is the racist patriarchal world sending the message that your only way out is not to be young and black if you want to be good?

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