Rachel O’Reggio | Graduate Student/Postdoc, University of Michigan Medical School

The Gentle Black Man
We often view men as being strong, without feeling or emotion. If a man were to express emotion, it is frequently frowned upon and dismissed or worse yet, they are put in a box and seen as not being a ‘man.’ Many individuals, specifically those in law enforcement seem to be afraid of the Black man. They seem to view this strength as a threat and act on that fear by killing or incarcerating the innocent. In this photo, the beauty of the Black man, the delicacy, strength and poise that the Black man embodies is highlighted through a Black man muse and floral garnishings.