Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

Just because not everyone might have read about them before or might not google them (which you should), just to pick a specific example, Kenneth Chamberlain was an elderly man who had the police come to his home after his Life Alert bracelet erroneously went off. He kept telling the police to leave and that he didn’t need help (and they refused to), and even called the Life Alert operator to tell them to call the police off. They eventually broke in and shot him dead.

The police obscured the fact that it was a medical alert response in their reports and the Life Alert system recorded everything that happened – including one of the cops calling him n****r through the door.

Mr. Chamberlain was a retired former-Marine, a father, and a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections

The cops weren’t charged. The Police department said they’d “review the department’s policies and procedures and recommend any improvements” (ie do nothing).

No one is safe. They try to make these men and woman look like thugs, make children look like adults instead of the babies they are that deserved to be protected, but no one is safe. You can be an elderly black veteran who had medical alert call (ie a situation where the police are supposed to help YOU) and they’ll still be calling you n****r through the door and shoot you dead. 

I know I have some people on my follower list that are still learning about this stuff or on the fence, but for anyone that can’t see the reality of the world we live in, it’s time to open your eyes. 


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