The Black Lives Matter movement may be nearing its peak after an amazing takeover of a New York City Forever 21 clothing store went down this past weekend.
Anonymous protestors simply called “The Never 21 Project” went at Manhattan’s Union Square location Saturday (April 25) and swapped out mannequins’ attire.
According to a statement issued by the group, their goal was to draw attention to the number of “young black lives that have been lost to police violence before ever reaching 21-years-old, who were never afforded a true childhood… by the police.” The Never 21 Project’s website, which mimics Forever 21’s white font and black and yellow color scheme, features mini-biographies of kids and teenagers who have lost their lives at the hands of the police, with emphasis on their ages: Aiyana Jones (7), Michael Brown (18), Tamir Rice (12), and Trayvon Martin (17). (Gothamist)
The mysterious group have issued a statement to defend its aim to spark more awareness of police brutality.
“Countless underaged lives have been lost at the hands of ‘vigilantes’ and disgruntled police officers. These youth were never given the chance to see age 21, or any age there after, so we respond by reminding the public of the battle that we are still actively fighting. We care about the lives of Black men. We care about the lives of Black women. We care about the lives of Black CHILDREN. We will not forget these lives – and will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that their voices continue to be heard.” (Never 21)
Recently, music veteran Scarface spoke out about police brutality.
“I look back at the public hangings – I feel like we’re being hunted, you know? And yeah, I’m not cool with it. It’s like the society believes what the officers say, you know, and he’s got way more of a reason to lie than we do, than I do. You killed that man. And he don’t even get a day in court. Well, not that the judicial system is set up for us to benefit from in any f*cking way. You dead on both sides, man. You are.” (Huffington Post Live)
Back in December, West Coast rapper Game joined an anti-police brutality rally in California.
The Game, Tyga and DJ Mustard were among the multitude who shut down traffic marching against police brutality. The peaceful protest started at Pan Pacific Park and thousands of fed up citizens moved through the streets carrying signs, singing and chanting for justice. (XXL Mag)