Gentleman Of The Week: Cephas Williams ’56 BLACK MEN’ Project Founder.
A black man in a hoody is one of the most dangerous people in the world.
Of course, this due to bias media reporting, this is a very dangerous phenomenon, because not only are the general public affected by this reporting, but is can change the way the police deal with black men.
Consider that Metropolitan Police officers are four times more likely to use force against black people compared with the white population according to the MET Police.
The Met used force 62,000 times in 2017-18 with more than a third of incidents involving black people. The Met Police said: “The proportionate use of force is essential in some circumstances to protect the public and often themselves from violence.”
Most black youths when they are growing up are usually advised by family not to wear hoodies, this is because the older generation have seen this basic clothing garment get vilified.
Luckily, there are people trying to change the narrative, for example Cephas Williams the founder of the project ’56 BLACK MEN’:
“This is a visual campaign documenting 56 black men that are doing something other than what is widely plastered about black men across various forms of media. Championing the idea that “I am Not My Stereotype”, the campaign looks to challenge the general stereotype of ‘the black man’ and the negative connotations and stigma attached to the cliché image of a black man wearing a hoody. The campaign makes a visually bold statement by showing black men wearing a hoody, while it also features text on what these men currently do for work. It features men from the world of finance, the arts, law and business, right through to the medical field and more”.
The campaign is relatively simple, successful black men don hoodies, these men aren’t thugs, crooks or “up to no good”. These men are musicians, entrepreneurs, lawyers and more.
This campaign has already been successful in changing the stereotype of the black men in a hoody.
Featuring in the campaign is Founder and CEO of The Common Sense Network, Mike Omoniyi, who talking about the project told us, “Its about time we start to show people what black men have been doing whilst negative headlines dominated headlines. We have been existing, working hard, excelling and we are not a trend or fad; we are here to stay’.
Below are all the black men who are featured in this project: