There are countless examples of black men being portrayed as people who you should be afraid of.

Studies show that black men are viewed as less innocent than their white counterparts, and more threatening to the general population.

But a new documentary is challenging that notion. “Afraid of Dark” takes an honest look at how black males are portrayed and perceived in America.

From IndieWire:

Exploring the history of two of the most prevalent stereotypes of black men – the “Mandingo” and the “brute” Mya B’s documentary breakdowns scientific racism,” examining how many black men have been affected by those particular stereotypes throughout history, and how the subconscious belief in them have contributed to violence and the incarceration of black men at disturbing rates.

Read more at IndieWire

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