Photo credit: New York Daily News

Photo credit: New York Daily News

Make no mistake, the media knows exactly what it’s doing when it comes to how black people are portrayed in the media, especially when it comes to violent crimes that are enacted upon us.

One of the first photos that I saw of Mike Brown came after I searched for his page on Facebook. I saw a bubbly teenager, with a pudgy face that made me want to not only cry for his mother, but also pinch his cheeks. But that’s not the photo the media has been parading around. The narrative that has been set forth, shows Brown with an alleged gang sign, which pretty much looks like a peace sign. But don’t tell that to some people.

Sunday night, thousands of Twitter users posted photos with the hashtag #Iftheygunnedmedown in response to the media’s biases when it comes to the image they choose to portray of black people. The photos resonate beyond mere coincidence that Brown is being painted as a thug, but also reminds us of the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride.

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