back to top

What It's Like To Be Judged Based On Your Appearance

"It's easier to say it's the jacket you're wearing than the skin color of the person."

Posted on

Way too often we hear stories about people being mis-identified as criminals, and losing their lives because of it. Many black men constantly fear coming across as "threatening"... even if it's just during a walk down the street.

View this video on YouTube

BuzzFeed Video / Via youtu.be

And with commentary like this in the media, their anxiety is warranted.

Fox News

For black men, even a staple article of clothing can carry a loaded meaning.

BuzzFeed Video

And it's not just hoodies, either.

BuzzFeed Video

Some men feel they can't wear certain colors because they must avoid being associated with a certain gang.

BuzzFeed Video

What to wear is a constant internal debate.

BuzzFeed Video

And it can seem like a lost cause when even dressing up can't guarantee they won't be read as a threat.

BuzzFeed Video

While the media likes to blame the way people dress for why they're profiled as dangerous... there's a lot more to it than just that.

BuzzFeed Video

And although these perceptions exist, the way someone dresses, or the color of their skin, doesn't define the character of that person.

BuzzFeed Video
The best things at three price points