Where Were You?

What were you doing the night of August 28, 1955?

How were you feeling on May 15, 1970?

Where were you on March 3, 1991?

What about on April 29, 1992?

October 9, 2005?


Maybe that's too far back for you.


You see, in August 1955, Emmet Till was brutally beaten beyond recognition because a white woman lied on him.

May 15, 1970 was the day police fired over 140 shotgun blasts at a group of students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, killing two and injuring twelve.

March 1991? Oh, that was the day Rodney King was senselessly beaten by police officers in LA

April 29 was the day the LA riots started in backlash to the beating of Rodney King and the lack of justice imparted on his assailants.

October of 2005 was the beating of Robert Davis for public intoxication.


It's okay though.

I get it.

That's too far back for you to remember.


I think February 26, 2012 sounds familiar.

Well maybe July 17, 2014 rings a bell.

November 22, 2014. You gotta know that one right?

Or possibly June 5, 2015.



You don't rcognize the dates.

Just the cases.

Well let me help you out.

February 26 reminds us that being a black male in a hoodie is punishable by death.

>Even after the executioner isn't a police officer.

>>Even after the actual police that he called told him to stop following him and carry on as usual

July 17, 2014 is the day that we remember that even though chokeholds are prohibited by the New York Police Department, you can still get put in one while screaming "I can't breathe."

November 2014 was the day murder by way of drive-by shooting became legal in Cleveland if it was performed by police.

>It didn't matter that the kid was 12 and playing with a toy gun.

Summer 2015: Do not be a fourteen-year-old black girl at a pool party. That's illegal. And if you're a boy who's trying to help her because you see her getting manhandled by a man three times her size? Don't. You'll get a gun pulled on you.


It's starting to sound familiar ain't it?

Let's try some more dates.


July 10, 2015

July 5, 2016

July 6, 2016

August 1, 2016







Where were you?

What were you doing when you were supposed to protect and serve us?

Who do we call because we don't have anyone to call on?

Why don't we matter to you.


Black Lives Matter (too)

All Lives Matter (as long as you're straight, Christian, white)



Interested in

Giving up,

Giving in, or

Ending the



The revolution is here and now.

So the question is no longer where will you be?



Where are you now?

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