21 things you can't do while black | Mother Jones
Florida’s second sensational, race-tinged murder trial in less than a year is underway. Michael Dunn, a white, 47-year-old software developer, shot and killed Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old African American, as the teen sat in an SUV with three friends. Charged with first-degree murder, Dunn is pleading self-defense under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. He contends that he argued with the teens (over what a witness says he called their “thug music”) and fired on them after he claims he saw Davis brandish a shotgun. Police found no gun at the scene, and witnesses say Davis never had one.
Like the George Zimmerman trial, during which the self-styled neighborhood watchman successfully argued that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense, Dunn’s case has raised questions about Florida’s broad self-defense law, racial profiling, and how the two issues intersect. Would Martin and Davis be alive if they weren’t black? Would they have been afforded the benefit of the doubt by their killers if they had been white? Their deaths didn’t happen in a vacuum. There’s evidence that just being black in the United States is often all it takes to arouse suspicion. Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things black people can’t do without others thinking they’re up to no good.
1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.
2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.
3. Wear a hoodie.
5. Drive in a car with a white girl.
7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.
8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.
9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.
11. Inspect your own property.
12. Show up at your job.
13. Talk trash after an NFL game.
14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.
16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.
17. Be a 13-year-old boy.
18. Enter your own home.
20. Be a tourist.
21. Lay face down in handcuffs.
What does it take to make it in the industry?
I presume you mean the comics industry. It depends entirely on what your definition of making it is. I want to make comics (and other media) I want to see in the world and make millions of dollars doing it. Simple. So what I did and what I am doing is I focus on making the work I want to see in the world. I focus on learning from those whose works I admire. I focus on being kind. I focus on loving myself and on improving my belief systems so they don’t hold me back. I keep healthy. I move between order and chaos as I see fit in order to be balanced. What does it take to be a good human being? That’s the question I ask myself often. What does it take to make it doing what I want the way I want to do it? It takes imagination so I can imagine where I want to go. It takes belief so I can believe in what I imagine. It takes will so I move in that direction by creating acts that support it. And it takes kindness because kindness is love and without love all of the above means nothing.
This is very true, ales. But you, baby, you can’t ignore the systems in place, I’ve watched you move ahead and I am so happy for you, but there are many people who, despite their drive, outlook and qualifications, are not making headway. That’s embedded in the system. You look like a champion. And I’m glad to see you succeed, but there are people to whom these rules don’t apply. These rules don’t even apply for me!
Regardless we gotta shoot for the sky.
I love you brother.
How can you say that comics is leading the way in diversity, when since my book, Prince of Cats came out- has there been one black artist/writer who has put out anything from marvel, DC, image… Dark horse? (Sanford greene?) And what about black women? The March, Harlem Hellfighters written by…