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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.’

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Happy Birthday Trayvon Martin
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February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Trayvon Martin

Rest in Power

February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012

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Jon Stewart compares the media’s treatment of Justin Bieber and Rob Ford to the treatment of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

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patternicity:

This is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.

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missjia:

Here we go! Miley, Justin B, Trayvon. But privilege doesn’t exist…right?
unapologetically-black:

angrywomenofcolorunited:

meetlawrence:

it bugs the fuck outta me that people are justifying trayvon’s murder due to pictures that portray him to be nothing more than a teenager. if trayvon wants to wear a grill, that doesn’t make him a thug just as it doesn’t make miley or justin a thug. if trayvon wants to smoke marijuana, other than it being illegal i see no harm. 90% of the people I know pose with fingers in pictures. Whether its middle fingers, thumb signs up, gang signs, or prayer hands. Get over it.
you cannot justify someone’s murder because of the assumptions you make of his character through photos. would miley’s murder be justifiable? would justin’s murder be justifiable? probably not. 
im in no way trying to throw miley or justin under the bus. just making a point that miley, justin, and trayvon all represent the modern day teenager whether you want to accept it or not. 

You see, this is why I’m against white people appropriating Black culture. I don’t see white people like Miley and Justin being killed for appropriation of Black Culture, when Miley and Justin do it they’re “going through a phase”, “experimenting” or “just being Teenagers” but when Black men like Trayvon do it he’s a “thug” and a “threat”. People cannot tell me that this case was not about race because it was. - Grace

Here’s another problem, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are both about the age of being minors. Many people still talk about them as if they are just young kids, and they are. 
But when we call Trayvon—who was a 17 year old minor—a child, people tell us to call him a man. Our children are never really viewed as children. Our children are never really viewed as human, unless they qualify their existence by becoming exceptional, by White America’s standards.
Trayvon was just doing dumb stuff that teens do. He was just trying to find a place to fit in, to find his identity. Now, he’ll never find it. And he’ll never know that millions of people are affected by his death, and actually cry for him. 
Please, people, keep in mind that this is no isolated incident or rare occurrence.

missjia:

Here we go! Miley, Justin B, Trayvon. But privilege doesn’t exist…right?

unapologetically-black:

angrywomenofcolorunited:

meetlawrence:

it bugs the fuck outta me that people are justifying trayvon’s murder due to pictures that portray him to be nothing more than a teenager. if trayvon wants to wear a grill, that doesn’t make him a thug just as it doesn’t make miley or justin a thug. if trayvon wants to smoke marijuana, other than it being illegal i see no harm. 90% of the people I know pose with fingers in pictures. Whether its middle fingers, thumb signs up, gang signs, or prayer hands. Get over it.

you cannot justify someone’s murder because of the assumptions you make of his character through photos. would miley’s murder be justifiable? would justin’s murder be justifiable? probably not. 

im in no way trying to throw miley or justin under the bus. just making a point that miley, justin, and trayvon all represent the modern day teenager whether you want to accept it or not. 

You see, this is why I’m against white people appropriating Black culture. I don’t see white people like Miley and Justin being killed for appropriation of Black Culture, when Miley and Justin do it they’re “going through a phase”, “experimenting” or “just being Teenagers” but when Black men like Trayvon do it he’s a “thug” and a “threat”. People cannot tell me that this case was not about race because it was. - Grace

Here’s another problem, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are both about the age of being minors. Many people still talk about them as if they are just young kids, and they are.

But when we call Trayvon—who was a 17 year old minor—a child, people tell us to call him a man. Our children are never really viewed as children. Our children are never really viewed as human, unless they qualify their existence by becoming exceptional, by White America’s standards.

Trayvon was just doing dumb stuff that teens do. He was just trying to find a place to fit in, to find his identity. Now, he’ll never find it. And he’ll never know that millions of people are affected by his death, and actually cry for him. 

Please, people, keep in mind that this is no isolated incident or rare occurrence.

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