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UPS delivered a package to the wrong person and it was turned into a worrying diatribe at what it's really like to be black in America.

With moronic white people calling the police on black people seemingly every week for just being alive and around them, it's not a stretch to say America is not in a good place when it comes to racial equality.

Harvard-educated lawyer Sean Carter received a UPS package on his doorstep that was meant for one of his neighbours.

You might be asking: "So what? Why not just give it to the right person?". Well, Sean lives in a predominately white neighbourhood in Arizona, USA.

In case you're unaware of the dangers that black people in America face, then this should highlight that for you.

Instead of dropping the package at the right house, he called the company to pick it up and deliver it properly.

He created a Facebook post about the package and his decision which has acted as kindling to a burgeoning conversation about race in America.

At first blush it may seem like Carter is being unreasonable, rude even, but at a time when unarmed black people are shot and are seen solely as a threat, Carter is refusing to endanger himself or the lives of his young sons.

'But Sean, why wouldn't you be a decent person and just take the package to your neighbour? Or better yet, you have teenage sons. Send one of them. That’s the perk of having teenagers — free menial labour.'

The answer is because we’re black. And it’s extremely unsafe to send our boys to the home of any family that we don’t know in this predominantly white neighbourhood.

Why? Because there is a realistic chance that one of my neighbours will see my boy as a threat and call the police or even pull a gun on him.

It's a disturbing reflection of these troubling times when there's a real risk of being shot in your own neighbourhood for simply being near someone's property in America.

To punctuate his point, he references the story of Brennan Walker.

Brennan was a 14-year-old black boy who missed the school bus, so he approached a stranger's house to simply ask for directions.

The stranger's response wasn't directions, no this person replied with gunfire.

Straw poll for the white people reading this, who among you can say this has happened to you?

THAT is why this fucking package will be sitting on my porch until UPS retrieves it. Because I can’t trust that my white neighbors won’t see me, a Harvard-educated lawyer (or my 14 yo honor student son) as a roaming homicidal maniac.

THIS is what it’s like to be black in “post-racial” America.

Carter appeared on CNN to talk about why he fears his white neighbours:

This is Carter's post in full:

This package has been sitting outside my house for days now. Why? Because we are black. And yes, I’ll explain.

UPS mistakenly delivered this package to the wrong house. The address on the package is for a house just a block over, so we are waiting for UPS to pick up the package and deliver it to the right house.

“But Sean, why wouldn't you be a decent person and just take the package to your neighbor? Or better yet, you have teenage sons. Send one of them. That’s the perk of having teenagers — free menial labor.”

The answer is because we’re black. And it’s extremely unsafe to send our boys to the home of any family that we don’t know in this predominantly white neighborhood.

Why? Because there is a realistic chance that one of my neighbors will see my boy as a threat and call the police or even pull a gun on him.

And if you think I’m being ridiculous or paranoid, Google “Brennan Walker,” a 14 yo black boy who earlier this month, missed the bus and tried to walk to school. He got lost and approached a house to ask for directions. The owners of this home were convinced that this 14 yo BOY had come to kill them (in broad daylight), causing the husband to pull out his gun and open fire on the fleeing BOY.

THAT is why this fucking package will be sitting on my porch until UPS retrieves it. Because I can’t trust that my white neighbours won’t see me, a Harvard-educated lawyer (or my 14 yo honour student son) as a roaming homicidal maniac.

THIS is what it’s like to be black in “post-racial” America.

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