As a woman, I would say that I’d be scared for being alone at night in the subway.
Paula Maria.
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It is unfair to speak on the fears of men when you are not one. Especially when as a Black male we have fears too living in this country. Our livelihood and sense of security are also shaken because of the state of our culture and community as well. Though your logic is reasonable and is something that I considered, I think you may have missed the point of the piece. Having lived through this situation I felt attacked and criminalized just for being present on in that train car with that woman. We were not alone, and by no means was the train car empty. Here I am, minding my own business, not even aware of this woman until I look up as the train is coming and see her staring at me. She follows me onto the train car and glares at me and shoots me dirty looks the entire ride. Not one moment did I look up and not meet her eyes. If this woman was unsure about her safety in the first place she would not have followed me onto that train car to begin with, at least I would think. I would even go further to think that she wouldn’t size me up and follow my each and every move, while being extremely obvious. As a woman it is easy to look at this through her perspective but I challenge you to read the article again and try looking at it from the other side and pay close attention to the end where I try and make the point that Black Men aren’t to be feared simply because we are black.

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