Much was made of the way Trayvon Martin was dressed as a factor in his being perceived as dangerous.
"Respectability tax" is a term we invented. It refers to the extra lengths that some African-Americans, and other people of color go to, in order to telegraph that they are middle-class, successful, and respectable. Historians say the notion of "racial respectability" took root in U.S. culture after slavery ended. – Noel King, Marketplace.org
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