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Wu, Annie
8. June. 2016

The topic i chose to tackle was police brutality, in particular, the Black Lives Matter Movement. This movement stems from decades of institutionalised racism and white supremacy, it seeks to end the inequality that hinders our societies. BLM is often seen as exclusive to one race, but in reality, it represents all who are treated or have been treated unequally. Street art was my method of visual activism, i wanted to use a medium which encompasses all classes. The angel represents innocence and death, while the bullseye clearly communicates “target”. White and black representing races, and red representing the blood shed. After all, we all bleed the same colour.

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Creative work – planning

5 minute brainstorm


Stencil sketches – i have decided to use a baby to represent innocence -> unarmed victims.




IMG_9777Composition work – Use of bullseye to represent shooting.



Artist models 


original.jpgSampsa. Mural in support of Egypt in Brooklyn, N.Y.. Digital image. Huffington Post. N.p., 18 May 2014. Web. 8 June 2016. 

  • Yellow the colour of sickness -> translates to weak?
  • Use of gun target – protesters and students are being targeted and shot
  • Reference to “hands up don’t shoot”
  • Peace signs – not here for violence, not here with the intention to harm

Ganzeer – http://www.ganzeer.com

img_9375Ganzeer. Mural. Digital image. The Times For A Feast. Abdelrhman Zin Eldin, May 2014. Web. 8 June 2016.

  • Zombie solider -> soldiers who have no mind of their own, they just shoot for the sake of it.
  • Infectious / contagious
  • Skulls represent death
  • Pile of skulls representative of lots of death
  • Yellow and red colour = Hot, heated, intense.

Banksy – http://banksy.co.uk

police-no-evil-banksyBanksy. See No Evil. Digital image. Flickr. N.p., 23 July 2011. Web. 8 June 2016. 

  • Reference to wise monkeys
  • See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
  • Reflection of todays force
  • Political
  • Black and white, very matter of fact
  • Corruption
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Focus research – The importance of understanding the context #BLM was created in.

Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Samuel DuBose. We know their names. Each of them died unarmed at the hands of police officers or in police custody. The chants are growing louder. People are angry and they have a right to be angry. We should not fool ourselves into thinking that this violence only affects those whose names have appeared on TV or in the newspaper. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police… – Bernie Sanders.

Influences – To understand the context of #BLM fully, it is vital to also understand the black civil rights movements throughout the U.S history. In today’s world, racism and inequality still exist. Through technology and social media, racist actions carried out by those of authority have been captured and shared globally, raising awareness for the cause. Police brutality has been brought forth into the light, along with patterns and trends of police activity such as shootings and harassment have now been identified. The targeting of African Americans and minorities is a major abuse of authority, as a public servant, police are meant to protect and serve.


“Timeline.” Civil Rights Movement Turning Point. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2016.

Impacts & consequences – There are pros and cons of #BLM.


Interesting read

Ben Shapiro’s book Bullies examines how the left’s culture of fear and intimidation silences Americans.

“Ben Shapiro shows once and for all that the left is the single greatest source of bullying in modern American life” (Sean Hannity)

He exemplifies the “bullies” in today’s society, as well as the use of fear, threat of force, and violence that equip today’s modern bully.

Shapiro’s ideas can be applied to today’s police officer, the ill treatment of minorities is societies form of schoolyard bullying. #BLM opposes the bully, eventually standing up and fighting back.

 bullies-9781476710006_hr.jpg“Bullies.” Staff Picks: Fiction & Nonfiction Books, Audio Books, Bestsellers & More. N.p., July 2014. Web. 01 June 2016.

Incarceration statistics – In relation to police brutality, where does incarceration sit? 

Statistics show that African-American males are more likely to be incarcerated than the average white male. Police brutality and incarceration intersect as police are meant to protect and serve thus meaning to apprehend the dangerous and harmful. Prison is the final destination for those criminals deemed dangerous and harmful for society. The brutality of police stems from racism, and this continues throughout the sentencing process, the inequality that troubles our society is often enforced by those trusted with a higher power e.g. Police officials.

Incarceration is not an equal opportunity.

Mass incarceration in the U.S., Vlogbrothers.

  • We should really be focussing correcting rather than punishing on in correction facilities, as the objective is to eventually reintroduce these criminals back into society.
  • The Vlogbrother’s video exemplifies how prisons are not a permanent solution. The “failed experiment” costs extensive amounts of money to run. By treating prisons as permanent homes for criminals, we are essentially hindering our own society’s future, and in turn ourselves. These criminals are people, they offer skills to our communities, even if they themselves don’t know it.

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“Criminal Justice Fact Sheet.” NAACP. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 7.20.10 pm.pngE. Ann Carson. Todd Minton, Laura Maruschak, Sheri Simmons. Prisoners in 2013. N.p.: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sept. 2014. PDF.

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Kerby, Sophia. “The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States.” American Progress Org. N.p., 13 Mar. 2012. Web. 01 June 2016.

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“Criminal Justice Fact Sheet.” NAACP. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2016.

Some more statistics about 2015’s police killings of young black males.


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237.130_A3_W11_WORK BOOK PART 9

Familiarisation and definition of terms.

Agency can refer to two things, it can be a business that provides a specific service. Or it can be a government department that oversees a particular activity or area.

Social responsibility directly translates to one’s responsibility to the environment and community, to act in the best interests of those around them. Social responsibility also ties in with ethics and sensitivity toward social, cultural, economic and environmental issues.

Transformative practices refer to undertaking activities and pursuits which develop and improve something e.g. yourself, the community. This can be related to transformative learning which leads to perspective transformation. This includes psychological (understanding of the self), convictional (belief systems), and behavioral (lifestyle) changes. This requires critical analysis of interpretations to then reinterpret their experience to make sense through a different process, eventually grasping an unforeseen perspective.

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