“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” croons Andy Williams in his instantly recognizable holiday classic, accompanied by soothing ding-donging and jingle-belling, at the start of Blackout For Human Rights’ recent video YouTube(warning: it’s graphic).
Then the beatings begin.
As Williams sings of “the hap-happiest season of all,”we watch a montage of brutalitypolice. Dash cams and cell phone footage show grainy scenes of men and women of color being pummeled, punched and dragged. The dissonance between the saccharine Christmas tune and the images of violence is intentionally jarring.
It is, after all, the week of Thanksgiving, with all its associated holiday cheer and family togetherness. It is also the week a Grand Jury decided white policeman Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Activist group Blackout For Human Rights is hoping this video and accompanying social media campaign will encourage Americans to sit out the most rampantly consumerist day of this holiday week, Black Friday, to protest the latest in a long line of unjust killings.
“We have witnessed enough,” reads the manifestocampaign’s. “We mourn the loss of men like Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, John Crawford and Michael Brown, who met their deaths at the hands of police officers.”
Source: Forbes | Clare O’Connor