WOMEN
07/15/2013 11:33 am ET

Why I Will Never Be Trayvon Martin

AP

I will never know.

I will never know what it is like to be discriminated against based on the color of my skin. I will never know what it is like to be targeted, policed, and followed because my skin color is perceived as inherently threatening. I will never know what it is like to fear the police, no matter how innocent I am.

I will never understand.

I will never understand the myriad ways in which racism underwrites the daily interactions and experiences of people of color. I will never understand the toll of daily racist micro-aggressions on my body and spirit. I will never understand the extensive checklist through which men of color must run themselves every time they are stopped by police.

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