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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Campaign Tackles How The Media Portray Black Victims of Shootings

You can always count on mainstream media to pick and choose what they think are the scariest pictures of you they can find, even if you're the victim of the shooting. Remember how they portrayed Trayvon Martin as a thug, conveniently forgetting to show us regular pictures of him and focusing on his grill, hoodie, weed, etc.? More recently they did the same with Mike Brown, who was shot dead by the Ferguson, Missouri police. Fortunately, activists and every day people took to the Internet for a #IfTheyGunnedMeDown campaign. How would mainstream media portray you if you were shot?

"#iftheygunnedmedown which picture would they use?" - @Heartbreak_Rell on Twitter

"#IfTheyGunnedMeDown, and I was unarmed, what picture would the media use to create a racialized bias" - @LeftSentThis On Twitter



"What picture would they use #IfTheyGunnedMeDown? Note that I'm holding a simple airsoft gun." - @PokemonyeWest on Twitter

"#IfTheyGunnedMeDown what picture would they use?" - @_TrillClinton on Twitter

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Tags: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, Black, Mainstream, Media, Portrayal, Racism, Representation

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Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on August 11, 2014 at 8:27pm

This happens far too often, and it's not just pictures anymore, it could be something as simple as you getting a DUI Ticket 10 yrs ago to condone your death. Let's not forget how they also demonized Oscar Grant and so many other brothers.

Comment by Danielle Marie Hendricks on August 11, 2014 at 3:53pm
This is so powerful!
Comment by WEREBEARS on August 11, 2014 at 2:57pm

bruh...


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