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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Young, black, and male
The Trayvon Martin case has elicited unending comment, but little of it has been published from young men who are roughly his age and black. So the Times went around the Tampa Bay area to get the thoughts of some of those teens. See their interviews at links.tampabay.com as they talk about not just the Martin situation but some of what they’ve faced, as well as their hopes and fears and what it is like to be them. Here are a few snippets of those conversations.
Photos and reporting by Joseph Garnett Jr., Tampa Bay Times
Jon Ross Briscoe, Northeast High
When I first came over here (from Jamaica), I like didn’t really know nothing about English. They used to make fun of the way I talk and way I read. In English class, the teacher used to call me up to read and stuff and I used to read a little bit funny. They used to say, Go back where I come from. It made me feel really bad.
Cedric Whitley, Lakewood High
I don’t think it was right for (Martin) to be shot for no reason. … We really don’t know what happened. Like, from Zimmerman’s point, I can kind of see him being suspicious walking with a hoodie in the rain, but that’s how all people look at some black people sometimes. Especially, when you’re tall and black.
Leon Tomlinson, Lakewood High
I felt threatened when I was like walking by myself and I had my phone out and there was like a big group of people just walking towards me. I didn’t know what to do. So, I put my phone back in my pocket nonchalantly and then just kept on walking, like not acting, not having the fear on my face. They didn’t bother me because I didn’t bother them.
Jeff Edouard, Blake High
I just let it go. Don’t listen to them. Sometimes, I talk to the people and we become friends. We don’t settle by fighting. When I used to be little, I used to fight a whole lot when people made fun of me.
Joshua Nichols, Middleton High
When you sag (wear your pants low), you send the wrong message. You can’t be mad at people when they accuse you of doing something when you give the wrong message.
Alex Harris, Hillsborough High
I was raised mostly that certain stuff’s going to happen in the world that you can’t change. So, all you can do is just pray about it.
Lidell Golden III, Northeast High
If a black person had done that to a white kid, the white people would have reacted the same way that we did.
Antwaun Washington, Blake High
You want to set an image that lets people know that “He’s not out to get me,” (that) “He’s not gonna hurt me.”