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I just wanted to take a moment and show you guys these disturbing photos. A silent protest held in Love Park downtown Philadelphia orchestrated a performance reenacting Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. As you know,or should know, Michael Brown was the victim of a fatal shooting at the hand of the cop as was left in the street for nearly 4 hours until help was received. The onslaught of passersby wanting to take pictures with the statue shows the disconnect in american society. Simple crop 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.” “C’mon 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 statute.
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.’
To quote the late michael Jackson ” All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.”
What do you guys think about the situation going on in Ferguson and this protest?