There is so much hate in the world, it is sickening. It just must be human nature to respond to hate with hate. I’m guilty of it.
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.
Are you kidding me. This is disgusting.
I am disgusted about what happened in Ferguson and I am a white man. But you can’t hate these tourist for wanting to take their photo in front of a landmark/attraction. I am sure they took notice of their presence, but are they not allowed to do anything else?It is a public place. But this picture could go on. Standing behind all these silent protestors could be a protest about what is going on in Gaza. Then who is the bad guy? Who isn’t paying attention? Don’t think all of the world isn’t watching, but the world keeps moving. Also, are these all the tourist who took photos there? Probably not.
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I am on my lunch. I am not getting paid to help you, find someone for you, or clean up a spill. Just cause I didn’t respond, didn’t mean I wasn’t going to tell someone. So don’t be fucking rude and pull the fucking cactus out of your bleached asshole.
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