The photographs comprising this series of composite images were all taken in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 25, one day after the announcement that white police officer Darren Wilson from Ferguson, Missouri would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Due to the fluid nature of the protests, they range in location from Union Square Park to spots along the path of a breakout march that traveled from the Park to the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge’s Manhattan entrance. Individuals participating came to protest not only the handling of Wilson’s would-be case, but also the NYPD as an institution, the historical treatment of minorities by law enforcement and the nation’s history of racial inequality and injustice.
Regardless of one’s opinion on the Michael Brown shooting or of Wilson’s legal fate, two things are true: (1) Depictions of minorities asserting social, cultural or political power are historically underrepresented in the American media and (2) Groups of protestors predominantly led by persons of color within the context of American protest culture have often been dismissed as “rioters” rather than demonstrators and/or assumed to be violent, even when the only things wielded during their demonstrations are words.
This project looked to change that.
To keep this dialogue going, all you’ve got to do is watch, listen and remember.