A couple days ago I walked into a big grocery store. I noticed there were two shabbily dressed young black men sitting on a retainer wall in front of the store. (baggy pants, hoodies, the whole nine yards) They were scanning the parking lot with their eyes.
My first thought was that they were looking for an easy victim so they could snatch a purse.
Since I'm a female and those two black males were still out and about in the lot, I asked for an escort to my car. (I do the "better safe than sorry" thing)
Bottom line is I was wrong about those two young men but I wasn't wrong about taking steps to protect myself until I found out differently.
It's that whole stereotype thing that made me afraid to begin with and that's what needs to change.
Another bottom line: I spoke to the store manager and when I went back later, the lot boys (picking up carts) were wearing reflector vests and were dressed considerably better in white store shirts.