Race-based assumptions collide but do not combust on a Philadelphia porch

Ferguson protester in Philadelphia, Photo by Joshua Albert

Ferguson protester in Philadelphia, Photo by Joshua Albert

Newsworks brings you the story from Anndee Hochman, of a front-door encounter with…black man. It’s incredibly powerful, we must share these last two paragraphs, and you really must read Race-based assumptions collide but do not combust on a Philadelphia porch — from NewsWorks.

Prejudice runs in all directions. But power, in the United States, in 2014, notwithstanding a twice-elected African-American president, is held disproportionately in hands that look like mine.

And with that power comes a stern obligation: Notice your privilege, that invisible cloak. Name it. Use it to make this world a more just place. Stop claiming color-blindness. Have conversations — with your partner, with your kids, with your neighbors — that acknowledge race’s role in all of our stories. Do it now. Before another brown-skinned boy — cousin, brother, neighbor — reaches for his pocket and loses his life.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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