Driving while black

Things that keep me up at night:  Driving while black

I’m worried! My son’s battery might be dead, and we are in MA. A friend said he could handle it. My response was, I have confidence in him. It’s Massachusetts and all the racist white people who will not help him if his car breaks down that worries me. Or the white person or cop who will use my son’s bad luck as an opportunity to murder him.

My friend said, “I was irrational.”

I responded, “Not irrational at all. This is the world Black people must survive.”


Am I being an irrational Black mother?




Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

20 thoughts on “Driving while black

    1. Yeah, sad I worry so much. There is not much worry or anxiety can do to change the culture of this fucked up world. I want my children to live full lives. I want them to be able to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes, without fear of incarceration or physical or mental harm due to fake white fear used as a pretext to justify violence and murder of POC.

      This worry is part of being a single Black mother. Somehow we make do or find a way to survive what’s thrown our way. Our experiences make us appear angry when we desire JUSTICE and support.

      1. You have all the rights in the world to be angry! Like I wrote some time ago, given what was done to them, it’s amazing what POC still were/are able to accomplish!

        Come, let’s hold hands for a while, and hug each other, while whispering into each others ear: “Fuck this world, and all the assholes that come with it”.

    1. Sometimes in trying to help, white people dismiss the experiences of black people. They downplay the danger of living in a white world while black. Without thought, they become part of the problem and the conspiracy. For a Black person, it becomes exhausting always trying to prove that your life matters.

  1. No Angela you are not irrational! In this world death can come at anytime! Why worry, can’t do anything about it! The Most High God said,fear not the person that can kill the body fear him that can kill both body and spirit. Not an exact quote but you get the message.

        1. Maybe true for the lackeys of the one you, Rudy, mentioned as “The Most High God”, but for others (like me for instance), it has not much to do with believing. Instead they go with what can be observed day in day out (some people call that stuff facts) on this planet. And from my own observations, it became more than clear to me that the pleasure of “The Most High God” consists of threatening, destroying, and killing as many bodies and spirits as possible.

          Rest assured, though, on the day of the so called Last Judgment, I will call “The Most High God” to the stand, offering the creature an opportunity to explain his horrible deeds. No more hiding in blackberry bushes or mountains that day! And I won’t take Isaiah 55:8-9 for an answer.

          Um…….just a random quote from “The Most High God” 😈: “Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.” (Jeremiah 11:11, KJB)

          1. Roald you going to call the creature to the stand. Don’t you mean the creator? More than likely you will get Isaiah 55:8&9 as an only answer before you’re dismissed. In Jeremiah 11:11 Israel broke an agreement with GOD and was doing a lot of wicked things including sacrificing their children, they were told what would happen, no surprises there.

            1. Roald Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. James Watson co-discover DNA. Crick for most of his life believe in evolution. But after their discovery he figured out the probability of DNA coming into existence by chance was Zero! Instead of admitting the possibility of an all powerful being he came up with the theory of panspermia which concludes intelligent beings somewhere in the universe seeded this planet 🌎. But the flaw in his theory is who or what brought them into existence. That can go back as far as you want to take it but it will always come to someone that always exist. Read Romans 1: 20-22

            2. Rudy, I could reply now with your: “It all depends on what you believe.” But I won’t. Instead I ask you: And? What has this to do with me calling your “The Most High God” to the stand?

              Btw here’s something I already wrote some time ago: “If I would prove to a religious person that mathematically there must be a “god”, but he/she/it wouldn’t resemble the one of the Qur’an / Bible / Torah at all, chances are that person would reject my proof just like that. And so it would be for most atheists and scientists glued to their own particular dogma(s).

  2. Being Black in amerikka is always feeling as we are hunted. So you as a Black mother it’s your duty to protect your children matter what age they are. The devils though know they are the ones living in fear of description.

      1. We are the Original People of the is and had given birth to every race. The devils hate that as they were born in sin and will see destruction. They have used their bullying and beastly ways to try to make us feel bad about who we are.

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