Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear…

Need I say more?

The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues. This has never been about the relationship between individual officers and young Black men, but about the way in which our institutions and society protect cops, granting them license to use lethal force in ANY circumstance. Whether they do use it or decide to demonstrate “love” is irrelevant.’

I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was terrified. This brings the question of coercion to my mind, but I’ll let ya’ll debate over it.”

via Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear….

Stereo Williams on sentimental photos and black people’s anger

I’m glad to know I’m not the only person serving this picture a bit of side eye. This image is meant to elicit a certain type of emotion and to encourage docile behavior.

There are those who are sharing this photo and reporting on this photo and others like it for the purposes of promoting the sort of “Can’t we all just get along” rhetorical idealism that derails many necessary social movements. That officer hugging that black child may evoke emotions, but it shouldn’t resonate deeper into our national consciousness than that video of an officer gunning down a different black child — Tamir Rice, a 12-year old in Cleveland who was murdered by cops last week after they were called to the scene by witnesses who saw him playing with a toy gun. If that picture moved you more than that video, I have to believe you are more interested in “peace” than justice. And that is unacceptable in times such as these.

via Sentimental photos, Ben Watson and why black people’s anger is necessary – Rolling Out.