It is my goal that with these portraits, you can see these young men for who they really are. To look in their eyes and see their potential and who God truly created them to be. Black men are becoming an endangered species as the system, gun violence, and privileged police officers are taking them from their families, their futures, and any chance of redemption. Every black man is not a murderer, a gangster, or a criminal, as society has stereotyped them. They are judged, and placed in a small negative box created by society that tries to tame their growth. Put yourself in the shoes of these young men, growing up where the world is against you, being guilty until proven innocent, and never having a fair shot because of preconceived notions. Place yourselves in the shoes of their parents and loved ones, praying that they don’t get pulled over, hoping they always use their turn signal, calling repeatedly until they answer, constantly living in fear because of how devalued they are. Though the world strips them of their humanity, they ARE someones son, brother, cousin, friend, employer, etc. Take a moment and attempt to set aside what the world has taught you, and see them as I do.