Let me just stop right there and ask, "WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING TO BLACK YOUTH?!?" IS THE MEDIA SO AFRAID OF OUR SKIN COLOR THAT THEY HAVE TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC THAT WE ARE MONSTERS WHO NEED TO BE ELIMINATED ON SIGHT?!? With stories like this, I can't help but wonder, "Who's next?", Me, you, them...who? How many more stories where a young black unarmed teen is shot to death. I'm SICK and TIRED of the same story because it almost always ends the same way every time.
I get irritated beyond belief when people try to find ways to justify the actions of the gunmen by saying things like, "According to statistics from the FBI, the majority of homicides in the black community were the result of black on black crime, so black people have no reason to get upset because they kill each other anyways,". This is their way of playing down the situation. How dare they?
Don't even get me started with the way they choose to portray the deceased person. If the media can find a not so flattering picture of the deceased, they will take it and paint a portrait to the world that shows the person as a "THUG" or "GANGSTER" because it'll be easier for the public to accept the gunman's reason for taking a life. In other words, the person who lost their life "deserved it".
Recently on Twitter, users have created a trending hashtag to give examples of how the media would treat their deaths if it were them. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23IfTheyGunnedMeDown&src=hash&mode=photos
R.I.P. Michael Brown