Many protest and gatherings have occurred in response to “the fatal police shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown” in Ferguson, Missouri. An equally important and interesting protest is occurring online as well, “aiming to address a rhetorical question that resonates among some in the African American community: ‘If they gunned me down,’ what picture would the media use to represent me?”
The viral #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag was a response to how Brown was initially portrayed in the media.
“Rather than using photographs of the 18-year-old, reportedly known to his friends as a“gentle giant”, in a graduation picture or in a sports team, many outlets used”, an image of Brown that was said to be the cause of some twitter users profiling Brown as a “thug”.
In response to this profiling, “Twitter users have been posting contrasting images of themselves on social media, tagged with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.”
Check out these tweets:
For more info:
listen to this NPR spot on #IfTheyGunnedMeDown
check out this article from Time.com
check out #IfTheyGunnedMeDown
What does the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown tell us about how African American’s are represented in the media?
How can the way we represent ourselves in social media affect us in real life? — is that okay?!
How does Michael Brown’s story affect me? As a student in CT? As a white person or someone who is not an African American?
posted by Jamie Uretsky