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Mike Brown Outrage Sparks #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Hashtag [Photos]


The uproar surrounding the killing of an unarmed teen, Mike Brown, by police in Ferguson, Mo. is just getting started. With tempers boiling among locals in the small town (which is just outside of St. Louis) since the Saturday, August 9 shooting, some would say that reactions — ranging from peaceful protests to riots — are equally just.

Brown’s death also sparked conversations about the looming danger of being a Black man both online and in real time, many of which are ongoing.  But when it comes the former, nothing has stuck like a hashtag titled #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. Inspired by various news outlets’ choice to use a photo of the 18-year-old scowling, the trending topic spotlights the portrayal of Black men posthumously and how that characterizes victims in the public eye.

Twitter users fueled the fire by posting side by side photos of themselves to show the disparity in their lives and accomplishments, while posing a sole question: “#IfTheyGunnedMeDown, what picture would the news use?”

We’ve seen how the news portrayed Brown, who was slated to attend his first year of college this fall, and similar victims like Trayvon Martin in their wake. But the real question is, Will the media will ever stop unfairly painting Blacks as a threat?

See some of the aggregated tweets on the following page. Share your thoughts in the comments.

Photo: Twitter

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Comment Comments: 17 Tags Tags: crime and punishment, police brutality

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  • d

    Now these got me choked up.

    • You so dumb

      you dumb b#tch

  • You so dumb

    the fat chick needs to stop, nobody going to shoot a whale

    • Red

      the japanese

  • I’ve♥Changed

    Love it. Peacefully protesting.

  • DeeStar

    So sad but true!



  • chanicani

    I understand the point of the hashtag, but if people expect to be taken seriously or perceived in a particular light at ALL TIMES, then you simply cannot have certain types of pics posted on your social networking page. Just like teachers can be fired for pics, expect that the media will do their best to paint even the most accomplished individuals in a negative light if (heaven forbid) something unfortunate and tragic were to happen. Please do not give them any ammunition if your goal is for them to focus solely on the positive things you’ve done. It’s sad because I know that it is more or less harmless when you’re flipping the bird to the camera or having a much-deserved drink or clowning with your friends…but I think we all know the answer to the question as to which pic they’d use.

    • dom

      Stfu so we r supposed to live like slaves hiding out? How man white people got pics of themselves bonging, flicking the camera off, sticking their tongue out, etc. Gtfoh

      • chanicani

        You seem like the type of ignorant person that NO ONE would shed a tear for if the police #gunnedyoudown. Well, I know that I wouldn’t,anyway. I loathe stupidity and value reading comprehension skills…I could have SWORN that this article was about BLACK people…so I commented accordingly, and do not really care what white people do online.

  • Yea

    I think this is a good message…

  • guest

    Hip hop wired I commend you for putting this out there it needs to be more globalized. Set up a separate page so that more can add pics. Most people of color are judge strictly by the color or by their attire. #NEVERJUDGEABOOKBYITSCOVER

    • Mia C

      You HAVE to judge a person by how they look, walk and appear. If someone starts staring you down, hunching down low and they’ve got face tattoos and gang colors YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME SNAP JUDGMENTS AND PROTECT YOURSELF.

      Blck people (and all people) if you dress like a PROSPECT not a SUSPECT that is how you WILL get treated 99% of the time.

  • Create your own media outlet so that you won’t have to worry about the negative imagines they display of you, black people. #GroupEconomic

  • Kmnuoym

    If you don’t wanna be portrayed as a certain way then why act that way

  • Never Gave A F

    mike whoever is just the flavor of the week

  • Wtfcity

    This was a good idea.