For hundreds of years, the white-dominated American culture has raised the specter of the dangerous, violent black man. Host John Biewen tells the story of a confrontation with an African American teenager. Then he and recurring guest Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss that longstanding image – and its neglected flipside: white-on-black violence.
Photo: A police car near a mural of Freddie Gray in the Baltimore neighborhood where he lived. Photo by Matt Roth for the New York Times.