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Black kids as scavengers and predators

Black kids as scavengers and predators

Scavengers and predators. Those are apparently the first words that popped in the head of a security guard for a private company when seeing a group of black teenagers roaming the streets of downtown. Dehumanizing words that evoke tired, age-old stereotypes of young black boys as uncontrollable and animalistic.

The security guard, in an email sent to the Downtown Partnership and others, continued his offensive, fear-mongering story line to say the five teenagers dressed in blue jeans and black hoodies were targeting Caucasians, hearkening back to yet another caricature of the fearful black man. In a decision he now regrets, the Downtown Partnership’s senior vice president of...