Kids from Ferguson have made a “Hey White People” video in conjunction with a “for-profit T-shirt company with an activist heart” to address the issue of racism in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting by police officer Darren Wilson. Although claims of a racially motivated shooting abounded during the Ferguson riots, as of yet, there is no proof that officer Wilson shot Mike Brown as the result of bias.
The Ferguson racism video was reportedly created to “educate white America about the racist reality in 2014,” according to the FCKH8 t-shirt company. A total of six kids from Ferguson were recruited from the same block where Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown.
A description which accompany the video states, “Armed ONLY with statistics – hands up, don’t shoot, these articulate and adorable kids are not having it while much of white America would rather pretend racism is over.”
The Ferguson kids racism video begins with the youngsters stating that their town is the place where a “white police shot an unarmed black teen in the face.” One of the children labeled the Michael Brown shooting a “national disgrace.” The kids from Ferguson also go on to mock comments that some white Americans allegedly make about racism and black people, according to The Blaze.
Statements made by the kids from Ferguson in a mocking tone reportedly used to illustrate their point.
- All this focus on raced make me uncomfortable.
- It’s you people who are making this all about race.
- I don’t see color. Really?
- You people are just playing the race card.
- Some of my best friends are black.
A white man appears later on in the video and states that is “white people’s” responsibility to “own up and face” the racism in America problem. Before the Ferguson racism video ends the FCKH8 company advertises its “Racism is not over, but I’m over racism” T-shirts. The shirts cost $13, and $5 of each sale will reportedly be donated to charities that work to combat racism.
The FCKH8 website sells a variety of anti-racism accessories, anti-sexism, and LGBT equality gear. The t-shirts serve as “mini-billboards for change,” according to the company website. Several of the videos produced by the company have gone viral and attracted celebrity t-shirt purchases and support for various causes.
What do you think of the kids of Ferguson racism video? Do you think the Michael Brown shooting by Darren Wilson was motivated by racial bias?