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."
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.’
I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.
wait… I don’t know how to feel about these pictures… then I begin to read the narrative and I just want to cry, and I’m not even done reading.
This hits close to home! Literally.
…an ode to 1970s skater girls.
At Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Spanish girl protesting for #gaza
u don’t have to be muslim to see the pain, u just need to be human…
I’m surprised this is the first I’ve heard of this girl.
how the fuck are you supposed to cross that
Using incredibly precise light projectors, Nobumichi Asai has demonstrated how a person’s face can be digitally altered in real-time.
A Woman Wore A Hidden Camera To Show How Many Times In A Day She Gets Harassed.
At 3:17, a woman describes an assault on a subway. You really should hear what she says so you can learn how horrific this is for many women on a daily basis.
Wow I’ve been thinking of doing that hidden camera thing for forever but never got around to it. These ladies are so brave.
"And I think that most women who’ve been assaulted know this look, which is the "I’m getting off on you being uncomfortable"" hits me like a semitruck!! this is important
Giant Mark Twain Redwood, California, 1892