Still Not at Home in America

"What are you doing here?" is a question this country keeps asking black people every day.

A man wears a single bullet around his neck over his Trayvon T-shirt at a rally in Los Angeles. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

It’s a place where they never feel safe enough to completely relax and let down their guard because there is always the risk that someone will ask What are you doing here? and not be satisfied with the answer. We’ve been in this country since the beginning, and yet we’re still strangers here, seeking sanctuary. We’re in America, but we’re still not of it. We’re still trying to be at home.

Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va., and a contributing editor at The Root.