I found this post on @misundazztood's page a while ago, and forgot to post it. It's a great post and here are some thoughts. Not being black, I can't relate to a lot of this. However, the majority of the black people I've known in my life have talked about having similar experiences. The second last line in particular is real. A lot of POC (not necessarily all of them, but quite a few), especially black POC have this..."talk" with their parents / guardians at some point in their lives. It can be a short talk, or a long one but the message is always the same: that you will be treated differently based on your skin color. Being a non-black POC I've rarely/never really had a fear of police violence based on my skin. When I got my "talk", from my dad, it was because I voiced my desire to go into film when I was younger. He told me that being brown skinned might make that career path a bit tough. There was more to it, but that was the gist. For my black friends, their talk usually meant their parents telling them that their skin may someday be the deciding factor on how they are treated by law enforcers and in some cases may be the decider on whether they come out of police interaction alive. My parents didn't start talking to me about race until my teens, but my black friends when I was much younger and had never even heard of the concept of "racism" were already talking about how, by the age of 10, they were adults in the eyes of police officers. It's a real thing.