National Ferguson walkout protest, based on mythical “hands up, don’t shoot” meme, doesn’t exactly bring economy to a halt.
Demonstrations called “Hands Up Walk Out” are taking place all over the country today. According to the event website:
In the wake of events in the last weeks, including the non-indictment in the killing of Mike Brown and the senseless killings of Akai Gurley in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, our communities are hurting and justifiably angered. What gives us hope in this moment of pain and anguish is the thousands of people who have poured into the streets of America to demand change.
From the #ShutItDown actions that have blocked major highways and intersections to the #BlackoutBlackFriday protests,the message is clear: No more business as usual. We can no longer do what we have always done and cooperate with a system that does not respect Black Lives. We will only get the change we want if we disrupt the daily order and insists that Black Lives Matter. If that means shutting down the entire country, that’s what we’ll do.
On Monday, Dec 1st people around the country will be walking out of their schools and places of work in solidarity with Ferguson communities across the country effected by police violence.
Where? It can be any central location at your school or the area where you work . Consider if there is a place that has relevance to social justice such as a monument, chapel, or scene of previous protests.
“Hands Up” refers to early reports that suggested Mike Brown had his hands up in the air as a sign of surrender when he was shot by police officer, Darren Wilson. Later, it was revealed this was not true.
Participants of “Hands Up Walk Out” were encouraged to post photos of their events online.
Not surprisingly, the largest turnouts seemed to have occurred at ivy league campuses and leftist organized marches, but even those were not particularly large.
The rest? They were itty bitty.
Take a look:
— Jasmyne Cannick (@jasmyne) December 1, 2014
— 20% Cooler (@Crystalsees) December 1, 2014
— Spencer Allan Brooks (@SpencerSays) December 1, 2014
— Imani Anansa (@afro_rriquena) December 1, 2014
— Nnenna Justice (@theAfroLegalise) December 1, 2014
— Breeee (@PrettyBreezy16_) December 1, 2014
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