Here are the pics:
I get it, if we do not remove our shirts we will not get the attention we deserve. As a woman I understand the need to be heard, the need to voice an opinion and have all eyes on me but what is sort of sad is that to get that done we have to take our clothes off.
In an effort to bring attention to the #Blacklivesmatter initiative for unarmed black women who have also been slain by police a group of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco holding signs with the hashtag #sayhername.
They had photos of black women and girls who lost their lives to the hands of police officers and according to Chnyere Tutashinda a founding member of the Black Out Collective:
“We also understand that we live in a country that commodifies black women and black bodies but ignores the death of black women and black girls.” (TIME)
The message is not clear to me, I agree we do live in a country that commodifies black people as a whole however I am not sure the value of the protest with regards to black lives is given any justice when we walk the streets half naked.
Did the protest work? Yes it definitely did because we are all talking about it. It also worked because there is a stigma attached to the black woman’s body whether positive or negative that gets everybody talking and focused on her.
I do hope that the ultimate goal of the traveling protest is met and not diminished because we chose to take our bra’s off.
The comments we saw were mixed, we saw the following from commentors:
“before you criticize them, answer this -what did you do to bring attention to the #blacklivesmatter initiative”
“why couldn’t the women with perky breasts be out there”
“Ok but I guess I do not understand what being topless has to do with anything”
“We should uplift these women for doing SOMETHING”
What do you all think? Does this type of protest add positively to the #Blacklivesmatter initiative or is it just a plain distraction?