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Projection of Images in the Media

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As I sit here and watch bell hooks' Cultural Criticism and Transformation and listen to her caution audiences on being aware and critical of images Hollywood projects on us through film, tv, and music videos, I am processing the murders of Tyree King, Terrence Crutcher, and Keith Lamont Scott. I am thinking of how this projection works in news media outlets as well. When a black man is killed, the media demonstrates all the ways he was a bad man and deserving of his fate. When a white man rapes, media tells us about the many ways he can go on and become a great man, undeserving of punishment. 
#Representationmatters#Blacklivesmatters




If Only

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If only injustices enraged you as much as someone refusing to pledge allegiance to a flag enrages you. If only it mattered to you that human lives are not valued they way animals lives are valued. If only people's stolen lives and names are not celebrated through trending hashtags the way a television show's premiere trends. If only the heritage of group mattered the way people scream the Confederate flag's heritage matters to them. If only black lives mattered to you like the first and second amendments matters to you. If only you loved blackness the way you love red, white, and blue. If only you could speak out against injustice of your fellow man the way you speak up for patriotism. If only tomorrow or the next day, or the next, I didn't have to see another video of another life taken away. #BlackLivesMatter