Growing Up Being Black Facebook Post Goes Viral

Man shares his experience growing up as a Black man in a white American community.

Living in a world where you’re considered as the goat amongst the sheep is tougher than you can imagine. 31-year-old Brian Crooks shares his life experience on social media, growing up as a Black man in Naperville.

Crooks began narrating some of his life stories of microaggressions, encounters with police and discrimination, saying, “The first time I was acutely aware of my Blackness, I was probably 6 or 7 years old. I used to go to daycare back then, and we went on a field trip to a water park one time. One of the other boys from the daycare came up to me and told me he was surprised I was going on the trip because his dad told him all colored people were afraid of the water since we sink to the bottom. He didn’t know he was being offensive. He was just curious why someone who would sink to the bottom would want to go to a water park.”

In 4,747 words, Crooks explained how he’s been looked upon and racially discriminated in the community all because of his skin color. As a student attending Neuqua Valley High School, Crooks recalled several times his White classmates asking to touch his hair and the trend continued to university.

Crooks explained how he was pulled over many times by police officers for driving while Black.

Only when I was sitting in the back of the police car did he tell me that there had been reports of gang activity in the area and that a car fitting my car’s description with a driver fitting my description had recently been involved in said gang activity.”

For a White person, every Black man looks alike when it has to deal with crime activities. They consider every Black man as a gangster, drug dealer, thief of whatever.  However, few people think about struggles that face Black people living in the white system. Despite the contributions of Black people in the country establishment, they still remain to be strangers for most of the white folks.

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