It took a photograph of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned alongside his family and washed ashore on the beaches of Turkey, to finally sound the alarm about the ongoing refugee crisis.
Death has become an online commodity, and it has become a cancer to my virtual cosmos.
Everyday people post their run-ins with the cops on their social media platforms to document the realities of state sanctioned brutality.
Recording and publishing evidence online are acts of defiance against our oppressors.
His was more graphic than the father in Louisiana, and instead of a perfect stranger, it was Castile’s longtime girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who hit record on the recent Facebook Live feature.
Like never before, imagery of abuse, like the cell phone footage of Sterling’s death, is now a beaconing call to revolt for the black diaspora.
Diamond Reynolds, following the path paved by Du Bois, pressed “record” because she knew it was her only way to maintain a shred of authority over a narrative that would later be twisted against her boyfriend.
On the morning of July 6, 2016 I started my day with the usual app routine: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr until the snooze button interrupts my banal flow one too many times — I forget what it’s like to be alone with your thoughts at 9 a.m.
On Twitter I noticed my timeline was littered with endless commentary about some guy named Alton Sterling.