These are drawings made by a peer of mine in high school. They depict me as a “traditional” African American, with dark skin, enlarged nose, and curly hair. The fact is that I don’t really look much like the drawing at all. However, the way in which I was perceived by the culprit becomes the stereotypical norm of how “African Americans” look. Examining these with a harder criticality points to issues of ever present racism, perception, and class dynamics.