PHILADELPHIA - Some black fathers say they've had to push up the talk with their sons following the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, in which a 17-year-old unarmed black male was shot dead by a neighborhood watch captain.
The Code goes like this:
Always pay close attention to your surroundings especially in an affluent neighborhood where black people are few.
Understand that even though you are not a criminal, some people might assume you are, especially if you, as a young, black male, are wearing certain clothes.
And never argue with police.
Miami lawyer Al Dotson Jr., who's also chairman of the 100 Black Men of America organization, says, "It requires a sixth sense that not everyone needs to have."
Bill Stephney, a media executive who lives in a New Jersey suburb, tells his 18 and 13 year-old sons that, "Black men can get singled out, "so please conduct yourself accordingly."
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