VMAs 2016: Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Pose With Mothers Of Trayvon Martin And Eric Garner
Perhaps one of the most poignant parts of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards came courtesy of Beyonce, who brought along the entire cast of her visual album, Lemonade, including the parents of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Oscar Grant.
Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lesley McSpadden-Head and Wanda Johnson all tragically lost their sons at the hands of police brutality in recent years and appeared in ‘Lemonade’ holding photos of their sons, who were shot and killed in racially-charged situations.
Kim Kardashian has always been incredibly vocal about racism and police brutality, writing two hearbreaking essays following the senseless murders of these young men, which is probably why she was eager to pose with a photo alongside the four brave women and her husband, Kanye West.
Sharing the group shot on Snapchat, Kim Kardashian didn’t caption the image.
Kim previously expressed her concerns about her children - three-year-old North and eight-month-old Saint - growing up in a racist and ignorant society, revealing that she is eager to teach them that their lives matter.
She wrote: “We talk about race in America every single day in our house. The topic really does get broached, somehow, every single day.
"Kanye’s just really vocal and I definitely know that our kids will grow up having a really good sense of their different backgrounds.
"I know Kanye is so excited to talk to them about how he grew up. As a little kid, they don’t grasp how they might be different from other little kids. They don’t understand colour, or background, and that’s why children are so amazing.”
Responding to the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Kim wrote: “This week we watched Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two innocent black men, get senselessly murdered by police officers.
"Like a lot of you guys, I watched the videos, and was appalled and completely heartbroken. I was left speechless, angry and numb.
"I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter.
"I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust - the people who ‘protect and serve’ - may not be protecting and serving him because of the colour of his skin.”
When North was just an infant, Kim was forced to speak out in her daughter’s defence after she was racially abused on a plane.
I’m expecting an onslaught of hate for this, but I thought that Beyonce parading the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner on the VMAs red carpet like accessories was disgusting. How dare she exploit their grief like this for social justice points?
I also think it’s interesting that these women were nowhere to be found when Beyonce went out to dinner with a bunch of her celebrity friends after the ceremony. What did she do, abandon them as soon as the cameras were off?
Good Morning AmeriKKKa (9/28/15): The world woke up to George Zimmerman trending on Twitter again. Why, you may ask– is he finally dead?! Nope. That little shit just decided to brag about killing Trayvon Martin again. Twitter has since removed the image, but refuses to ban Zimmerman, even as he flaunts his violent and deadly racism. #staywoke #farfromover
The last few weeks have been so depressing and overwhelming, so Pokemon Go could not have come out at a better time. I may be wasting away my days and gas money but it’s been so nice to have something fun and distracting in between going to rallies, just to keep my spirits up. It’s been really nice to see other people talk about friends their making and how happy they are playing it. Then of course something had to ruin it. This shit is not okay. The landmark descriptions on Pokemon Go come from an older app and weren’t vented very well because obviously there’s a lot of ground to cover. This needs to be changed ASAP.
Keep in mind that the people fielding these requests may not be familiar with the subject matter so please explain that this is a mural of an innocent dead child who was racially profiled and murdered. Where it says add file use these screen caps above! (I cannot find the original post for these, feel free to inbox me if you have the link.)