Andre C. | Knoxville, TN

Andre Canty_KnoxvilleQuiet | Rebellious | Kind

“I was Trayvon Martin in 2002.  At 17 years old… I had baggy clothes, cornrowed braids, often seen with no shirt… and rarely smiled.  I was also an honor student, painfully shy, never suspended from school, never took drugs or alcohol, attended school almost all the time, and helped my grandfather in the yard every weekend.

By my appearance, I was a thug and up to no good.  I wore those clothes because rappers wore them.  I wore cornrowed braids because Allen Iverson and the group Outkast had them. What I wore was not evidence that I was a thug… it was evident that I followed popular culture.”

– Highlander Research and Education Center | Knoxville, TN