Inspired by the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Poet Dwayne Morgan reflects on being a black man in America.
The Trayvon Martin tragedy, both his death and his killer’s acquittal is simply the latest—and most public—iteration of continuous, often implicit, discrimination black men face in America every day. Dwayne Morgan beautifully and passionately articulates that discrimination. Black men are assumed angry, prone to criminality—the justice system presumes them guilty until proven innocent. Black men seem to hold value only in their ability to make money for their “puppeteers” as professional athletes and rapers.