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Jessica Payne

What stereotype do you wish didn't exist?

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A pervasive stereotype about Afro-Americans, specifically Afro-American males, that people should be aware of is that they are a threat. A threat to one’s safety, a threat to society, a threat to your children, you name it. This stereotype is killing our young men, literally. They are being shot, murdered, by “authority” figures who supposedly feel intimidated by their presence, simply because of their melanated skin. Or because a white woman makes a call that is not investigated. Or because they are wearing a hoodie. Who knew a stereotype could have so much power?”

Jessica Payne, junior

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