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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Ferguson Unrest Takes to Social Media

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FERGUSON, MO – It comes as no surprise that the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown and the violent protests are getting plenty of attention on social media. And for those who aren’t able to protest in person, it’s a way to get involved.

The hashtag #DontShoot is the phrase floating around Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many of the pictures show people with their hands raised up in the air, which is what Mike Brown allegedly did before he was shot by a cop.

Another hashtag that’s spreading quicker than tear gas is #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.

The side-by-side pictures that users are sharing of themselves, asks the question, “If I were gunned down, which picture would be used to represent me?”

This all stems from the decision by some news outlets to use a not-so-flattering picture of Mike Brown instead of the one that shows him as a recent high school graduate, set to start college two days after he was killed.

Now celebrities are scrambling on board this high profile case, including rapper Young Jeezy who, after his concert, visited a gas station that was burned down.

He posted: “We want justice, not chaos.”

Hopefully these virtual acts of peace will carry over to the streets of Ferguson.


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