Black Men Aren't Superpredators, They're Accountants

Claire Gordon

A black male social media guru and karaoke enthusiast. A black male entrepreneur who's travelled the world. A black male PR executive and wine connoisseur. A black male accountant, teacher, reporter. These aren't the black men you usually see in the media. But they're all there, hanging out, on "The Faces of Black Men" Pinterest board and Tumblr.

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer, sparked protests around the country. Many thought Martin's blackness and maleness made him a target. "He was born black and male in the United States," writes Kai Wright in the magazine Colorlines, "and was thus marked for death."