As Americans, we constantly talk about the supposed danger that black boys pose in the society. When black boys commit crimes, it is an indictment of the entire demographic of black boys in the country. But we don’t talk about the danger white boys pose. And when they commit heinous acts, which is pretty regularly, we don’t cast aspersions on the entire demographic. We treat their actions as individual, as exceptions, even when the acts are remarkably consistent.
And god forbid we talk about how boys are socialized and how strict patriarchal and hypermasculine demands and violent forms of media indoctrination turn our boys and men, whatever their color, into walking war zones."
Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)