*Well, you certainly can’t deny the power of a picture. The fatal shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown by a St. Louis policeman continues to resemble genocide to those in the black community; where the killing of black men, young and older; and the manhandling of black women continues to be documented by the cellphones of witnesses on an almost regular basis.
The hashtag, #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, has images that people posted of themselves in two different postures; asking which one would be used if they were gunned down by police. The one showing them in a traditional or more “acceptable” role, like, say, as a college graduate, or the other showing them in a role whites may be less comfortable with.
The hashtag spread like wildfire on Twitter over the weekend. Yesha Callahan of TheRoot.com said the tag’s purpose is “to make a statement about how the media draws a biased narrative when it comes to telling the stories of black men and women.”
People began posting seemingly contrasting photos of themselves, and asked which one would be used if they were shot and killed. Here’s a sampling.