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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society. Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.
Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:
I don’t know who any of these folks are.
They were tourists I presume.
But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.
"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."
There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.
The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”
One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.
There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”
"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’
i love the term “partners”
are we dating?
are we robbing a bank?
do we run a legal firm?
are we the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies and are members of an elite squad known as the special victims unit?
my favorite thing to ever happen
Um, actually Godzilla is the doctor, not the monster
FINALLY this jacket gets the recognition it DESERVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These frolicking feather covered bears are the fabulous work of Paola Pivi
pissy nine-year-old brat Spike is my favorite Spike
i’ve posted about f.lux before but i’m doing it again because it’s a life changing program for anyone who is on the computer at night and hates how bright/harsh the monitor can be. f.lux uses your computer’s location and weather services to monitor when the sun goes down and rises and adjusts the warmth of your monitor relative to the natural light outside; if it’s dark, the screen is much warmer and strains your eyes way less
do yourself a favor and install this like bruh. come on.
yeah psa this is such an important thing
i don’t think people understand how bad sitting in a dark room looking at a bright computer monitor is for your eyes, it makes it easier to get to sleep because it’s not stressing your eyes out so bad and it just makes your eyes hurt way less like this should be a default feature in windows or osx microsoft or apple could buy that for a billion dollars and it’d be revolutionary but for now it’s freeware and available for both mac and pc so just download it
Illustration by Tyler Wintermute.