Born as a Black Man, Living as a Chameleon

I have to be Black and adaptable. It shouldn’t be like that, but here we are.

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I can feel the distrust in the air whenever I walk into a public space. With just a quick scan of any room, I consistently lock eyes with someone who can’t disguise their anxiety about me being there. Reliving past instances, I can remember stares, purses…