Radical Mike Brown Exhibit Opens in Chicago

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, wears a sweatshirt remembering her son during a news conference Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of their son by a white police officer, a confrontation that sparked a protest movement across the United States. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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By Terry Shropshire
Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Defender



CHICAGO (NNPA) — It is a jarring and disquieting sight to see an exhibit of Mike Brown lying motionless and lifeless, even if it is a new art exhibit about the fatal and controversial shooting in Ferguson is on display in Chicago.

The piece features a life-size portrayal of Michael Brown after he was killed last year in suburban St. Louis.

Among the artifacts included in the exibit is a black statue of liberty, and a noose dangling from a neon sign.

Michael Brown is the first of a series of nationally-televised and enraging episodes of unarmed black men that took place within the last year or so, which also includes Eric Garner police-choke-hold death in the Staten Island borough of New York City, the Freddie Gray death in police custody in Baltimore and the Nicholas Thomas shooting death by police while in a Maserati in suburban Atlanta.

The exhibit also features a plaque with the words “I Can’t Breathe,” referencing the Eric Garner police involved death in New York.

Interestingly enough, a white woman from New Orleans created the exhibit, which a Brown family member praises.

She says it represents white privilege in America and how it negatively affects the black community.

The exhibit runs through August 10th.


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