Walking While Brown While Looking Black

by R. Benedito Ferrão On February 6, 2015, an Indian man was left partially paralyzed, following an encounter with the police in Madison, Alabama, USA. News of the event spread on social media and elsewhere online. When it became known that a police car had captured video of the incident on its dashboard camera, an… Read More

Police Violence and the Discourse of (White) Fear

by Margarita Aragon Last month, police in Cleveland shot a 12-year-old boy as he played in a park. Perhaps, you have seen the CCTV footage. In the silent stilted images, Tamir Rice wanders aimlessly, pointing a BB gun in various directions, before sitting by himself on a bench. A police car speeds into view and the… Read More

Ferguson and the Indictment of Social Media

by Iman Amrani In the early hours of the morning I was propped up on the sofa, in front of the news (the channel is irrelevant, they were all showing it), phone in hand, Twitter open on #Ferguson. This story has swept the world into a frenzy. Across different time zones people were glued to… Read More