He talked tough. He walked tough. He looked tough.
But that's all a misconception, preconceived notion... a stereotype.
This homeboy graduated from Harvard with honors. But for Richard Santana, a former California gang member, people can't see past his appearance.
He's still a homeboy.
"I can still walk into a place and have people look down at me for the way I walk, the way I talk and the color of my skin," he said. "If it happens to me, I know it can happen to you."
Santana was the keynote speaker at Storm Lake High School's Diversity Day. He delivered a message of education and breaking down stereotypes.
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