#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Another Kid Killed For Walking While Black

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Another Kid Killed For Walking While Black

 

In yet another senseless killing of an unarmed black kid, a Ferguson, Missouri cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown multiple times as he held his hands in the air, either as he walked to his grandmother's house on the street not the sidewalk as the cop demanded - the account of onlookers - or as he struggled for the cop's gun - the police version, which has been received with about as much credence as it deserves from a mostly African-American community that has seen way too much of this sort of thing. The killing has sparked angry protests, and some looting, as residents confronted by phalanxes of assault-rifle-bearing SWAT teams holding barking dogs  chanted "No Justice! No Peace!" and "Don't Shoot Me!" with their hands in the air; a candlelight vigil; a clergy-led rally; a prayer circle; the plea that, "They are killing us"; and much online outrage. Trending on Twitter have been #MikeBrown, #Justice ForMike, and #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, created after media outlets started moving from a graduation photo of Brown to one where he's throwing a joking gang sign. At the brilliant  #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, people have been posting disparate pictures of their disparate selves to explore how the media would simplistically steer the narrative of their hypothetical deaths. They're also posting furious, heartbreaking comments. Among them,  "Are black people meant to wear a graduation gown every day to avoid being unlawfully murdered by the police?" and "White privilege is not having to create hashtags like #IfTheyGunnedMeDown."

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