Are African-American men afraid to go jogging in predominately white neighborhoods? A new study says yes, and it's because they're afraid of being racially profiled.
In an article published in Runner's World, University of Maryland professor Rashawn Ray says that black men tend to stay away from white areas, but black women aren't as reluctant. She explains, "Black men are criminalized by the inability of others to separate a black male from crime. Black men in white neighborhoods are more cautious of how they exercise and less comfortable in those neighborhoods because many black men have had social interactions in which they were profiled simply for being black and male."
Ray says that black male runners often try to signal to others that they aren't a threat. Strategies include wearing a college sweatshirt or cap, waving and smiling at neighbors, and running only during daylight hours.