peachypress

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

kayneverstops
the-goddamazon:

smidgetz:

nigerianroyal:

theracismrepellent:

breadheadz:

Dear White America: Wilson had ZERO reason to murder Mike

Spread this like wildfire~Tae

There was never a justifiable reason to shoot Mike Brown in the first place.

Even if he did commit a robbery there was no reason to murder Mike Brown. None.

Exactly. Cops are not judge, jury, and executioner. Even if Mike Brown had committed a crime, he had the right to due process.
And it’s rumored the officer is the mayor’s nephew and that’s why he hasn’t been charged yet.

the-goddamazon:

smidgetz:

nigerianroyal:

theracismrepellent:

breadheadz:

Dear White America: Wilson had ZERO reason to murder Mike

Spread this like wildfire

~Tae

There was never a justifiable reason to shoot Mike Brown in the first place.

Even if he did commit a robbery there was no reason to murder Mike Brown. None.

Exactly. Cops are not judge, jury, and executioner. Even if Mike Brown had committed a crime, he had the right to due process.

And it’s rumored the officer is the mayor’s nephew and that’s why he hasn’t been charged yet.

ayenako
ajamae:

faintedincoils:

lovelykeba:

Help the fight against police brutality!

You should definitely do this, but please be safe and knowledgeable about it! Here are some resources for how to safely film/photograph police brutality, as well as information on YOUR rights as you do so:
7 Rules for Recording Police
Know Your Rights: Photographers
Tips for Recording Police Interactions
Please be aware that different states have different laws on the matter.  Check into them so you can know you specific laws, and what to expect if you film the police.  Also check with your state’s chapter of the ACLU; many of them have tips on this matter, and some have pocket foldouts of your rights that you can use to convince the police that no, you aren’t doing anything wrong.

Stay woke.

ajamae:

faintedincoils:

lovelykeba:

Help the fight against police brutality!

You should definitely do this, but please be safe and knowledgeable about it! Here are some resources for how to safely film/photograph police brutality, as well as information on YOUR rights as you do so:

Please be aware that different states have different laws on the matter.  Check into them so you can know you specific laws, and what to expect if you film the police.  Also check with your state’s chapter of the ACLU; many of them have tips on this matter, and some have pocket foldouts of your rights that you can use to convince the police that no, you aren’t doing anything wrong.

Stay woke.