Just when you can’t imagine things getting worse, another day brings an even more disgusting reminder that the racial divide in the nation will not be narrowing anytime soon.
Jermell Hasson, spent majority of his summer protesting against the injustice of Michael Brown’s killing. Now, he is embroiled in a mess that is so racially twisted it is almost too hard to believe.
Hasson was snapped by Riverfront Times photographer, Mitch Ryals carrying a sign that read – “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he leaves home”. It was accompanied with the hashtags “#blacklivesmatter and #stayhuman.”
According to The Riverfront Times, the image was photoshopped to read: “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he robs a store”.
The revamped image went viral and drew approval from those who are against the Ferguson protesters. One of the culprits, Jim Gleason, who shared the altered image on his Facebook page with the caption, “You can’t make this up!!!!” told the Times that based on the fact that Michael Brown did indeed rob a store before his encounter with Darren Wilson – he deserved his fatal consequence. ‘It appears that this young man robbed a store, assaulted a police officer, and it is just surprising to me the uprising when the physical evidence seems to be overwhelmingly in support of the police officer’s actions.”
It is also worthy to note that Gleason’s offensive posting was shared more than 28,000 times. It has also been besieged with critics who vented their disgust with the offensive image.
Hasson’s response was simply to acknowledge that his unexpected recognition is proof that “we are making a difference out there”. He also told the Times, that he won’t be derailed by the negativity – ‘For someone who has nothing better to do with their life than photoshop a sign, it shows me that we haven’t been out here since August for no reason. They’re trying to stop the movement, which they can’t.