I can’t speak for men of any ethnicity who harass women on the street with cat calls and stupid pick up lines. Most of that stems from ignorance, regardless of race. As a black man, I don’t go out of my way to intimidate white women. I don’t have to because white women are already intimidated by me. I believe the majority of your fears stem from the historical myth of black men being savage and dangerous. Often I notice white women looking behind themselves to see me, and then nervously cross the street or clutch their purse, quicken their step or even walk off the elevator on a floor other than the one they pressed. A person might suggest that these events are not racially motivated, but they occur regardless of the time of day, location, or number of people in the area. Several times I have found myself subconsiously altering my behavior in subtle ways to alleviate this unsubstantiated fear. I get very tired of it. I’m tired of always being looked upon as a suspect rather than an individual.
However, I do admit that one time I got fed up with the reaction I received from this white woman who looked backed and crossed the street in front me, so I shadowed her movements until I reached my car. If she walked faster, I walked faster. If she crossed the street, I crossed the street. She crossed the street FOUR times to avoid me! This took place in the middle of the day, on a crowded college campus, and on that particular day I was wearing a business suit. When I told my friends about it, they laughed because they also have had to deal with the frustrations of dealing with intimidated white women.
I have a question for you as well: ‘Why do white women harass black men by assuming that we think you are so beautiful that we are going to go crazy and rape you on the street in broad daylight?’