Michael Brown was shot and killed by Daren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, August 9. His body was left on the scene for hours. His death and lack of respect for his body were the final straw for Ferguson residents. Protests over racism and police brutality started in Ferguson and speed throughout the country, especially in light of lack of indictments and the deaths of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. On Twitter, black men sought to illustrate biases in the news when the victim is black. Michael Brown was no angel, but everyone has multifaceted personalities.How dothe media and our own perceptions shape how we label people as smart, good, pure, simple, or silent? Victim or thug?
The hashtag demonstrates that the narrative the media continues to portray regarding black people isn’t always truthful.
August 11, 2014
By Yesha Callahan
It’s safe to say that Brown has become a victim of what I like to refer to as the “Trayvon Martin effect”in the media.
Trayvon, who was killed by George Zimmerman, was depicted as a gold-grill-wearing, weed-smoking teenager in the photos used by the media. There were no photos of Trayvon smiling with his family members or being just your average happy teen, which his family members said he was. Similarly, the photos of Brown that have been picked up by the media included him throwing up a peace sign, which conservative media has translated into a “gang sign.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find mainstream media showing Brown at his high school graduation or with members of his family. Ironically, all of those photos exist courtesy of Brown’s Facebook page. Unfortunately, because of Ferguson police, we’ll never be able to see a photo of Brown attending his first day of college today.
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