This is my opinion. I believe this helps perpetuate the myth that all young black boys are trouble.Whether the writers did this consciously or not, there should be a reality- consciousness in this country & that is that black boys have & are given a harder time, no matter their upbringing. In this current political climate, writers should be more aware that even on a soap, people believe certain things about certain cultures especially if they have no or little interaction with them.
My nephews are in private school, being raised by two parents & surrounded by our big family, & they still encounter daily behavior prejudice because of their skin color. They are not perfect angels, by any means. But the road is harder for them because they are judged by different standards.
I don't know why the writers felt like they had to make little Charlie a "tough" guy. But look @ some of the history of this show. Jazz was a black thug who robbed people; Drucilla couldn't read; Nathan was sketchy...It was only until Neil & Malcolm came onboard that black people displayed any sense of normalcy. This is all unfortunate. However, even a soap has some responsibility for setting a tone & making Charlie a "thug" is the wrong way to go. Reed, with his background, was more on the road to that portrayal than Charlie was. JMO