Many powerful images are coming out of the Movement for Black Lives. Most of them are from people on the ground who are organizing to end police brutality. However, this new video from Mic News called “23 Ways You Could Be Killed if You Are Black In America” features celebrities like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Pharrell, and A$ap Rocky discussing the many ways that Black people are murdered by police in the United States.
What is so moving about the video is that it shows how even actions like “laughing” or “walking away from police” or “making eye contact” are used as reasons to kill Black people. This is especially disturbing given recent calls for Black people to simply comply with police (even though that doesn’t guarantee safety). If doing literally nothing can get you killed for being Black, the solution isn’t about us. It is about dismantling white supremacy and the systematic devaluation of Black lives.