Making them feel comfortable? That's absolutely ridiculous! It's one thing to say that seeing a group of teenagers talking loudly and wearing oversized clothing makes one uncomfortable--I don't like being near any race of teens, as a matter of fact (barely out of my teens years myself, funny enough). But then some people will persist in feeling threatened because you are Black, irregardless of how neatly dressed or well spoken you are. I've experienced situations like this, only with Asians instead of whites. There will be like 6 Asians on an elevator, and little ole 5'3 me, and dressed rather conservatively, and they act as if I'm going to take them all hostage. Seriously, I have been told by several different people that I am the most non-threatening person on the face of the planet--long skirts, argyle sweaters, coke-bottle glasses, goofy laugh!
I just decide to reverse the tables and have a little fun with them. When I get one of those fucktards, I act as if I'm scared out of my wits that they will harm me. I'm still laughing about an incident a few weeks ago, where three Asian women were on the elevator with me and had that "I'm so afraid of this female Steve Urkel" attitude, so I quickly moved to the far end of the elevator and very obviously grabbed my purse tightly and gave the three of them that panicked once-over. When one reached to press the button for a floor, I gasped and jumped back, hugging my arms around myself. I made a big show of looking frightened, but also apparently trying to not look at them. I was clutching my cell phone in my hand and intentionally shaking slightly. When my floor came, I hurried off and gave them this deer in the headlight stare. You should have seen their faces! Their expressions changed from "wtf?" to "what a weirdo" until it finally dawned on them that I was treating them like a threat. Two looked thoroughly confused, one looked indignant. Keep in mind that these were the same women who only moments before clutched their person and gave one another "the look" to see me on the elevator.
That by far wasn't the best, though; once, this Asian guy and I were at a bus stop, and as soon as he saw me approach he started hugging his loptop to him as if I was going to pry it out of his hands. I happened to be standing near the schedule table, and as he approached I jumped back and yelped "please don't hurt me! I don't have any money!" I almost pissed myself to see the look on his face (so hard keeping a straight face when doing this). Other people stopped and looking in our direction, so he hurriedly walked away from the bus stop, looking rather stupid.
They call me "uppity" for a reason ;-)