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    Posted March 26, 2012 by
    supernevik
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    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    One year since Trayvon Martin's death

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     supernevik, of New York, was inspired to take this picture because he has three sons of his own. 'I felt it was important for me to take this photo due to the racial profiling I have received during my lifetime,' he says. 'I traveled to countries where I was hated for being an American, which was okay with me because I am proud to be American and that was my choosing. However, I have experienced racial profiling because I "fit the description" of someone authorities were seeking. Though I am proud, I was born with a color given to me by my God and I had no say in His selection,' he says. 'As the father of three boys, who like me were born black, I must raise them to understand that people will fear them simply because they look like they are "up to no good." I can only hope and pray that this will not happen to them.'
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    I felt it was important for me to take this photo due to the racial profiling I have received during my lifetime. I traveled to countries where I was hated for being an American, which was ok with me because I am proud to be American and that was my choosing. However, I have experienced racial profiling because I “fit the description” of someone authorities were seeking. Though I am proud, I was born with a color given to me by my God and I had no say in His selection. As the father of three boys who like me were born black, I must raise them to understand that people will fear them simply because they look like they are “up to no good.” I can only hope and pray that this will not happen to them.

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