In light of the many tragedies the U.S. has experienced this week related to police murdering innocent people and people murdering innocent police, here is one black man’s unique viewpoint of a time he was forced to come face-to-face with prejudice in America, even as he believed that society was color-blind.

Alex Landau was adopted and raised by white parents who raised him without an emphasis on race. Until he was 19, his upbringing and the color of his skin didn’t seem to matter, but it wasn’t until one fateful night when he nearly lost his life that he and his family realized what an error they had made in believing that the world didn’t care whether he was black or white.

This is not an uncommon experience for people of color, and that’s the tragedy of this all.

This video comes from Storycorp.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com