Justice or Just Us?: Our Lives Matter
“Many of today’s young men of color are aware that they are targets and could have easily been in the shoes of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown or the many others whose lives were unjustly cut short. How many unarmed youth of color have to die before this is seen, not as an isolated incident, but as a national crisis?
The “Our Lives Matters” project was inspired by the extrajudicial killings of minorities, particularly boys of color who are targeted on a daily basis. Fear of these young men continues to be seen as justification for the use of deadly force.
This video project was created to provide a voice for these young men, as they demonstrate what it feels like to wear a target. Filmed this past September, in Harlem, NYC, over 30 African-American and Latino boys, ages 3 to 17 joined together to boldly question and take a stand against racial targeting.”
To learn more about the Just Us Project, visit justusproject.org
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW