But the truth is, regardless of whether they break the law or not, people of color, Black men in particular are regularly unfairly targeted and subject to racism on a routine basis. These days racism doesn't look quite the same as it did years ago, but it manifests itself in new ways.
The New York Times got a few young men of color to tell you their own stories, to show you what we mean. They spoke as part of a mini-documentary filmed by the Times called "A Conversation About Growing Up Black."
The boys' questions were three-fold: What adversity do they face, what it's like to be a person of color in a racially charged world and what did their parents do to shelter or prepare them for said world.
Here's what they said: