A recent silent protest by Keith Wallace, an MFA student at the University of Southern California, and Philadelphia native, has shed light on the apathetic and downright horrific perspectives of many individuals towards the police brutality of which black men are often the victim.
This past Saturday, a group of young artists decided to stage a silent protest in front of one of Philly’s most visited landmarks, the LOVE statue. They chose to focus on one of the most gruesome and sickening of details from Michael Brown’s death – the fact his dead body was left uncovered in the middle of the street for multiple hours.
Wallace decided to pose as a dead body, covered in blood and complete with bullet holes and police caution tape. Wallace lied down perfectly still for one hour a day in front of the sign and the reactions of spectators was nothing short of HORRIBLE.
While a select few were actually humans with compassion and managed to at least look sad, for the most part, those who witnessed the exhibit were nothing short of spawns of satan. My generation tends to annoy me with their need to capture everything on social media and once again they did not disappoint with those who realized it was an exhibit AND those who actually thought it was a dead body stopping to take a selfie with Wallace in the background. I can just imagine what those captions and hashtags were.
“There was an older white couple that wanted to take a picture in front of the LOVE statue,” stated Lee Edward Colston, one of the protesters and a Julliard student. He went on to tell Philadelphia Magazine, “The older white gentleman said, ‘Why do they have to shove their politics down our throats?’. His female companion responded, “They don’t have anything better to do.”
Clearly those two were made for each other and there’s a special place in hell for them and those selfie takers. Our communities really need to unite and start showing each other more respect so we can demand it of others.
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