Howard University's #dontshoot Movement Goes Viral
Students at Howard University in Washington D.C. have started a social media campaign called #DontShoot. This campaign addresses the gunning down of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer just days before he was supposed to head off to college. The Howard University students stand united in protest, hands up, weapon free asking officers not to shoot them. A silent protest amidst the violence that has erupted in Missouri.
The anger that has poured out into the streets shows that there is an undeniabley deep rooted issue throughout the United States. Police Departments across the country are funded by the government, officials that we as U.S. citizens elected in our best interest. Charged with the task to protect and serve civilians, but yet, citizens feel that they are being unjustly treated and killed by some officers, who believe that shooting first and asking questions later has become commonplace.
Images have surfaced recently that are reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. An era that people of color in the United States thought to have long moved past but now with a recent string of unnecessary shootings, chokings and beating of unarmed people by police, the issue has come back to light. A big part of the recent influx of awareness across the country and the world is due largely in part to social media. People are allowed to freely voice their opinion about injustices and this new campaign set forth by the students of Howard University will undoubtedly serve as fuel to more people participating in the Social Media Protests for Michael Brown. Hundreds of individuals have already begun participating in the campaign posting up their own images asking officers not to shoot.
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