— Veronica Rodriguez (@LaresNYC) August 13, 2014
Last month, Warren Adams, Brandon Victor Dixon, poet Daniel J. Watts and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians gathered in Times Square to send a message about police violence and the strangling death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD. Garner’s last words? “I can’t breathe!”
Not everyone is so polite. Rage Against The Machine (RATM), echoing classic NWA (Negroes With Attitude), has previously expressed a more militant reaction, which is still popular in some quarters today. That’s why they’re called Rage. [NSFW language.]:
The death of unarmed Mike Brown at the hands of police, in Ferguson, MO, has moved some rage online. Here’s a vid from someone using the Anonymous video style (Who knows? They’re Anonymous. Doh!) to make threats. And over the weekend the Ferguson PD website and email were compromised.
The Mike Brown killing also has its own Twitter hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, a reference to the photos of Brown some media outlets chose to feature.
When a black man in the United States gets shot and killed, how does the mainstream media decide what picture to use when talking about the victim’s death? And on a more personal note, which of your headshots would the media use if you were shot and killed?
That’s the morbid question posed by the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, which has been trending on Twitter since Sunday evening, after 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.
— (@TopFlightRod) August 11, 2014