The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown movement was originally a response to how Micael Brown was first portrayed in the media. Of all the photos that Brown had: graduation, family, and friends, the media decided to chose a photo that depicted him as the stereotype of black men in America.
Now the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown movement is used to raise awareness about how the media portrays all blacks each time they’re killed by the police. Sometimes people won’t use the hashtag and instead fix what was wrong with the original photo chosen by the media. In the photo below you can see how the photo the media chose for Sam Dubose has a darker lighting (which generally has a psychological association with being bad) compared to the officer’s photo that has a brighter lighting (which associates with being good). Now compare the photo of the two directly below the original. The lighting makes a difference along with the choice of photos used.
Despite the variety of photos the media have access to, they always seem to use that one photo that poorly depicts the victim as a delinquent who “had it coming to them”. However when the media choses photos for officers it always seems they have brighter lighting and smiling faces. Seeing the negative photos of victims all over the news, people took to twitter posting contrasting photos of themselves, tagged with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.
Looking at these photos it’s sad to say the media would likely use the photos that made the victim look like a “thug”. Its an endless cycle of the officer getting off the hook and the victim receiving no justice. Personally since this hashtag (and many others) fall within the main movement of: #BlackLivesMatter, I find it compelling to see how often the media portrays people of color as the suspects.
Something else that I found interesting in the photo below is what each person was killed for.