One of the best survival skills you can have is the ability to blend in with a crowd so you can avoid attracting attention. With riots erupting across the country, if you find yourself caught in the middle of a crowd of protestors and rioters, the best thing you can do is avoid standing out so you can blend in and escape.
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This is called being a gray man. (Or gray woman, but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll use the term gray man.) The video below by Black Scout Survival explains what a gray man is and how you can become one.
The ability to blend in doesn’t just depend on your looks or clothing, but also on your movement. You need to move with the flow and direction of the crowd rather than against it. You also need to move at the same pace as the rest of the crowd.
When it comes to looks and appearance, the gray man is simply an average person in every way. There are no features that make him stand out. A gray man does not mean you can’t be tactical, but it does mean you can’t look tactical.
Think of it this way: If you walked into a grocery store right now, would you stand out, or would nobody notice you? Ideally, nobody would notice you. But for that to happen, you need to look very average. Don’t wear any identifying logos or flashy clothing.
Instead, wear clothes that make it easy for you to blend in. If you were to wear a hat with a USA flag or the logo of a sports team, it would immediately stand out. This is fine if you’re open to conversation with patriots and other sports fans, but not during a crisis scenario.
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It’s harder if you have characteristics that you can’t get rid of. For example, you may be very muscular, you may have a birthmark, you may be unusually tall, and so forth. These kinds of things will stop you from being a gray man, and the best thing you can do in this case is to blend in as best you can.
You probably have some questions. If so, I highly encourage you to watch the video below for a more detailed explanation.