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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown – Killing of Unarmed African American Teen Triggers Viral Hashtag



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If a black person makes the headlines in America, what photo would the media typically use to report the story?

BN brought you the report about the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American teen Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The incident sparked outrage across  America, as well as other countries in the world including Nigeria. The killing is drawing comparisons to the murder of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

Black Twitter (Africans, African-Americans on Twitter) kicked off a hashtag criticising the use of images that depict black people in a negative light.

In the #If they gunned me down, which picture would they use?” viral movement, two images of the same person are placed side by side – one which is deemed “positive”, while the other is deemed “negative”.

See the touching tweets.

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  1. bruno

    August 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Black people pls just stop it, its so shameful, evry where around the world, every body complains of black people, once they see black people walking down the street, people start to press the lock of their cars, black is still the worst race in the world, compair africa and europe or even africa and asia, if you africa americans don’t like it in america kindly come back to africa let me see whether you will not suffer mercilessly, BLAck people should stop playing the victim card, yes I know slavery happened,white people have apologised and have made up for it in so many ways.

    • Emirates

      August 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Your mind is truly messed up @Bruno. You are obviously a troubled lad

    • Igbeyinadun

      August 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Bruno reminds me of Samuel L Jackson’s character in Django Unchained #blackduderacisttowardsotherblack

    • kcynho

      August 13, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      pls watch your line! or…….

    • Aragon

      August 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      You are sick. You are ‘BLACK’, I am not.

    • Anonymous

      August 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Bruno you are such an IDIOT for this comment. “Black is still the worst race”…..anoufia!!!

    • Shadie

      August 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      @Bruno Spelling check, COMPARE not COMPAIR such a coconut.

    • Donna

      August 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Bruno; As an American of African, Native American, Irish and French descent (yes, all a result of the Slave Trade) I was not aware that white folks in the U.S. had issued an apology.You do realize it has only been 50 yrs since we African Americans have been fully franchised (that is having voting rights). So, I really don’t think you should rely on your social media education about things in America- you sound utterly foolish. Why not comment on Africa’s miseries after centuries of colonialism, that might be a topic you can cover.

    • Anon

      August 13, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Ignore this ignoramus. From his comment, I believe he lives in a cave and has never seen the four walls of a local airport not to talk of an international airport.

    • nene

      August 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      i agree with everything you wrote. let them come back to africa since everyone hates “black people”. if we don’t start changing the ideas other races have of us, this is never going to end. as a black african, i’m afraid of african americans, out of all the races in america.

    • Joe

      August 14, 2014 at 1:20 am

      You are the biggest idiot to ever leave a comment on a blog. Can you please explain to us your message exactly cos all I see is you ranting like a headless chicken.

    • Facts

      August 14, 2014 at 1:40 am

      Bruno, shame on you! I blame BN for granting you audience as the first commentator. You’re obviously extremely ignorant about the reality of profiling in the US. This isn’t a victim matter it is a REAL issue! I wonder if u would say the same if it were your, dad brother or son who got shot . Do you think this is a joke or they enjoy being “victims” as u call it???……it is not every time you should express yourself when u have a random thought especially if it is so dumb. I blame the Internet and BN for giving folks like u a stand….what a heartless comment!

    • Oyinlola

      August 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

      You are an idiot—REALLY! racism is the dementia that plagues backward Whites (since not all Whites are racist by the way), Africans and people of African decent have been the fertilizer that built the coffers of Europeans pre-and post slavery and YES they are still enjoying the benefits of free labor coupled with on-going racist policies both in the US and anywhere where Blacks live. The story is the same- Black men are the most endangered group of people in modern world- why? Racism is evil- no different than tribalism- all devil’s work since scientifically no human is better than another-skin color is just that- color.

    • Respect

      August 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Bruno this is the second time an replying to your comments, i think you are one messed person and you seek help! am not even gonna go into the article itself because clearly you’re in another world. Your head is so stuck up that you dnt see the difference anymore. God help you!

    • Neo

      August 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

      LMAO! White people have apologised??? Really? who will apologise for your stupidity?

    • liliano

      August 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

      YOU are shameful for assuming you could quantify the struggle of blacks elsewhere. just shut up and act like you didnt see this if you absolutely have nothing sensible to say.

    • Ina

      August 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

      You must be white

    • bruno

      August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Black people love to play the race card always, black killing black is very common, but nobody says anything,if the police officer was black,this would not be news, the boy assaulted the police officer, and started running, in america the police has a standard procedure to shot in some cases and this was one of those cases, I watched the video on youtube, even the black woman recording the incident said”they shot that NIGGA” this is to show black people are their own worst enemy, white people take but they give back, unlike black people who take and take without giving back, always waiting form government support cheques, free money that white people have worked hard for, Asians are better than blacks, Latinos are better, even arabs are better if not for their backward religion the will be leading the world, compare Dubai with any african country, compare china or Thailand with any african country, stop playing the race card, many of u people don’t know what happened,u just conclude its because of this race, blacks are the ones more likely to carry firearms and endanger the public, so why won’t they stop and search them,

    • Facts

      August 15, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Bruno please stop. You need a brain transplant. I bet you’re black and that adds to the shame of your very existence……FYI The Dubai you praise for its advancement is an a Islamic country whose development is based on its Islamic values, so when next you’re in Dubai, know you’re enjoying the benefits of what u call a backward religion. You’re a bigot and worse still an unintelligent one….bad combo.

    • chi-e-z

      August 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Emm… we had a black cop doing the same thing near where I stay and the media hunted his butt.The guy had arrested and restrained 1 guy 40 times for walking and beat up a nice little old church lady and he was black in skin but probably as wash like u r in mind. Think Officer Thomaston or something was his name.This people taking $100 out my taxes everyday to pay these cops only for me to find out that if I and my brother are walking down our street they can harass us put us on the ground and shoot us at the back of the head before asking us why we are walking down our own street and trust me it’s happened to me as far as cop stalking me for walking from the store down my own street.

    • MC

      August 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

      where are you based?…in Africa?

    • hawa

      August 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      You are so delusional. Apologized when? Made it up how? I can’t deal with the uncle Tom’s.

    • maria

      August 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      you are the most ignorant and stupid person i know really. if it was you family who was gunned down i guess you would say oh well he had it coming.

    • Nerdologist

      August 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Bruno did you for up in America? Do you know the battles we have as African-Americans? We are still building our identities and a few bad apples happen to ruin the bunch in the face of white people. You are very close-minded. Expand your horizons beyond your Point A and Point B because clearly you are ignorant.

    • Crystal

      August 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      It must really suck to be you …. Weirdo @ Bruno

  2. Xala

    August 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Bruno, it is either you cannot read or have no knowledge of the background story to this pictures. Please educate yourself a bit more before commenting on posts.

    • Xala

      August 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  3. Xala

    August 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm


  4. bobbydox

    August 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    very ironic, but the pictures though it kinda tells what the authorities would have used

  5. bruno

    August 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The way you present your self that’s how people will see you,white serial killers which picture do they use, for them, (many white serial killers went to college)

    • Igbeyinadun

      August 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      you remind me of Samuel L Jackson’s character in Django Unchained #blackduderacisttowardsotherblack

    • Elle

      August 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Dear Bruno, as much as i’ll like to call u a fool, i wouldnt waste precious time insulting ur silly ass. u need help asap as u come across as depressed. making such hopeless statements isnt good for u. how dare u say black race is still the worst, whatever race r u by the way, perhaps none. go find urself mehn. a young man is dead n all u can work up is the whites have apologised. shame on you. It is people like you that give us the bad names as u seem ever so confused about ur personality. RIP Michael Brown.

    • me o

      August 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

      You took the words right out of my mouth… Bruno, you’re depressed and you need help.

    • nene

      August 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      i agree with you bruno. the black race has a problem, but many choose not to admit it.

    • Oyinlola

      August 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

      @ nene, please ask God to change your race, you are shameful. Innocent black boys are being gunned for being black and thereby ‘criminal’ by some demented officers and that is ok? your fears of black Americans is the same tribalism that keeps Nigeria divided with ‘fears’ of Igbos, Yorubas or Hausas- all of us need to change our mindsets since now its killing people.

  6. el patron

    August 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Just One question why did the guy run away from the police?! If you don’t have anything to hide..stand up and talk to the officer its your right! The guy is trying to do his job,he might hate your skin colour yes but don’t give him an excuse to show it..#commonsense like what happened to Zimmerman? And he wasn’t even a police officer,talkless of an officer..your life is more important to you and your family,don’t give an idiot opportunity to take it!

    • Teddy Bear

      August 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Just a one question….have you done any kind of research on this case? The details are hazy but what has been released is that the bobo was shot 10 or so times, unarmed and he was running for his life. The policeman shot him once, he ran and ran until he was fatally shot a couple more times. Please, do a tad bit of research before you comment. It was also his “right” to be walking home and not get killed by a police officer for walking on the street.

    • Tudbee

      August 14, 2014 at 1:06 am

      I like your comment. While these police officers can be intimidating, running away doesn’t help. Add black ‘suspect’ + trigger happy racist cop = disaster waiting to happen. Not saying he was a suspect but the average black man is looked at as one by these guys. It’s sad but true. May God protect our sons , husbands, brothers and all our lived ones.

    • Bella

      August 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

      we run because they beat us, arrest us and shoot us, what else do we do, stand and face them. please give a us a break, even when a cop stops you in the car, you know you are going to be harassed and worse if you are a black dude, you know he will find something wrong somewhere, abeg, allow us be ahn ahn!

    • Jhennique

      August 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

      like na today u know say police no nid reason to shoot you once you are black. what about the guy they gunned downlast year with the pack of skittles coming from the neighbourhood mart, that smug face police officer still went free. They just wake up and shoot young black men just cos they look suspicious. this nonsense has to stop.
      they go thru training, if really hez guilty and tried to run, why not shoot him in the leg? this guy clearlyraised his arms and surrendered to show he was unarmed, why then did you shoot?? this is a life we are talking about here. In the states you cant even kill a dog like that and go free, what the f mehn!!!!!!

    • MC

      August 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

      It wasn’t even a police office that killed the the young man you are referring to.


    August 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hmmmm @bruno, the cases of black mistake killings to white is really small and that is what people are complaining about. Not the fact that they just choose to make noise of wail cos they feel like it. Their voices in unionism is what will be appreciated, they should stage a protest, use social media and go all out for this… Cos in this day and age, it is not acceptable!!!

  8. liian

    August 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    @Bruno I really need to know which village you are from. it seems your village people have tampered with your brain.

    • Donna

      August 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Since Bruno has internet access- I urge him to try his chops on American News media outlets; starting with the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, LA Times, Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe, St Louis Post-Dispatch, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and others- Please do Bruno- if you dare or are you man enough?

  9. Dr Ada

    August 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Bruno I take it you do NOT live in America. I did not say 2 wk or 1 mth visit, but LIVE in the US as a black person! I don’t care if you call yourself Nigerian. Jamaican, British…whatever you are, your skin complexion will always put you in a separate category and you will quickly realize that racism is very real and alive, regardless of your profession, or socio-economic status. Even with a black president!!

    • Donna

      August 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Oh course he doesn’t live here; if he did he would be in for a rude awakening. Sounding like he does, he would be stopped frequently by American police officers- just because. And since he does have an accent- he would most certainly NOT be mistaken for a “foreign exchange student” but a drug cartel member.

  10. oluwabukunmi

    August 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    @bruno bro you need jesus, obviously you don’t the real truth about mike brown’s death. it is high time such killings stop. RIP mike brown

  11. @edDREAMZ

    August 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Well may his soul R.I.P…..

  12. Tony

    August 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    @bruno you are mad.How old are you? Be civil and matured in your comments.

  13. gbemy

    August 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    well its sad to know people who think like bruno have access to internet, do you have any idea how many crimes are been committed by white people on a daily basis and you sit in your village shouting just because of few cases you see in the media dear bruno pls visit a friend who has DSTV and which crime channel at least that would open your mind up a little

  14. Donna

    August 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Bruno: As an American of African, Native American, French and Irish descent (all a product of that unique African Slave Trade); I don’t recall the White Apology you assert has been provided; nor the “40 acres and the mule”. Instead of sounding as stupid as you currently do, why not focus your attention on the misery of the multitude of African Countries still “digging” their way out of centuries of European Colonialism; and since you have a tendency toward the fantasy; Europe dislikes Africans just as much as White America dislikes African Americans.:

  15. Fleur

    August 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I love it. They are right on the money!!

  16. lolaspeaksonlythetruth

    August 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Indeed, he is a coconut. Loll

  17. aderonke

    August 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    @ BRUNO THE COCONUT….drug cartel member. shey ori ibu obaeja sha?

  18. nene

    August 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    i like how african americans fight for themselves. however, this boy knows he’s black and yet he tried to run away for whatever reason. you need to be smart and careful if you’re a black man.

  19. SASSY

    August 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm


    • Laide

      August 14, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Lmaoo..i was going to say their relationship would be smooth…if they decide to have one.

    • Iris

      August 14, 2014 at 3:55 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who picked up on those two although bruno is way more tiresome in a pathetically obvious way.
      The fact that as a black man you know that you shouldn’t wear a hoodie at night or foolishly run from the police in a panic (note that his hands were up in the air so it was clear he was unarmed) does not mean it is right that you have to live your life like that. It’s the same with sexual harassment and rape. The fact that you decline a man’s offer to buy you a drink at a club for fear that it is an unspoken agreement that there will be sex after does not mean it is how it should be.

  20. Dazzle

    August 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Bruno ur such an idiot! I see your comments on here how you come on insulting others and now you cannot stand the heat…… What stupid misconception any human being at all could ever have. God created ALL men equal doesn’t matter what your skin colour is, always be proud of whom you are cos its never gonna change.

  21. bruno

    August 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    @donna, first of all who gives a bloody hell about your ancestry, if you like be related to moses and elijah na yo sabi, black people are the ones likely to be carrying weapons on the street, we should stop playing the victim cardand race card, its getting old and tiresome, every race is advancing, Asian, europeans, are all moving forward and excelling only black, and black people are the most racist set of people ever, yes white people can be crazy at times, but if ur black and you feel maltreated in america come back to Africa, go and settle in somalia or rwanda where everyone is black, let me see whether you will not suffer more. You people are not used to the truth,

    • Funx

      August 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

      @ bruno, you are a very sick minded person. Pls don’t let ignorance kill you. How can you say Asians and whites don’t carry guns. Dude you obviously don’t leave in the USA. Stop commenting and do more research. Forget the race card, this is reality we are talking about.

  22. scot

    August 14, 2014 at 5:11 am

    that bruno of a guy is a f****** muppet, what do you know about african american or black race.. these people where scattered from there land and they never got equal rights in US you are here chatting sh*t.. nob

  23. TexasHausaGirl

    August 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Bruno sounds like a short guy with little d…ck syndrome. He throws the stones, and hides his hands. He loves attention, please don’t waste your time on this fool.

    • bruno

      August 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

      LOL I’m a 6 foot 4, and about my p****, you can bring ur boyfriend/husband/brother let me show him what I’m made up. LMFAO.

  24. Fume

    August 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    @Bruno #uncleTOM . We Nigerians avoid the police as much as possible because you know how they can be#triggerhappy.

  25. Jhennique

    August 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Can u people please leave this bruno guy and face the matter here………..why waste all ur comments on such a twisted fellow

  26. Robin Hood

    August 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    @Bruno and @ nene….. Black americans did come back to Africa and they have Liberia to show for it………

    • bruno

      August 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

      @robin hood, I forgot liberia is a land of milk and honey, mumu, liberia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world so keep shut, compare blacks and asian, blacks and latino, blacks and arabs, they are all better than us, why?

    • MC

      August 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

      correction: they are better than YOU!
      You certainly can not speak for the whole black race!!!!!!

    • idoublecrossmyheart

      August 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I do not think anyone has responded to you without insulting you. To an extent I agree with you. The black race is lagging behind in all things. And the interesting aspect is that the black race is the first to put down members of their own. Cue; black men prefer white women. Because of the insults most black men throw at black women, I have removed my hands from anything that causes the blacks man to fear. He prefers white women, let white women fight for them. But then I remember my father, my brothers and my future husband and sons and I cannot let them fight alone.

      Back to your argument. It is only barely 50 years since African Americans became enfranchised. About 50 years since most African countries gained their independence. In many South American countries where the slave trade was heavy, many black people still do not have rights. The economies of Jamaica, Haiti, and co were heavily determined by the US.

      You have to understand that to be on top, you have to corrupt the minds of others around so that they will always be at the bottom. The West which includes France, Spain, the US, Britain, etc, interfered in many, if not most, African countries and even Caribbean countries where they had puppet rulers. Visionaries such as Lumumba who wanted to liberate his people in the Congo were killed, assassinated by the CIA. So Africa has rulers who do not serve the interests of their people but the interests of the USA and other countries who are vested in stealing Africa’s resources.

      You compare Africa to Asia. If you look at Asia carefully it is only the economies who protected themselves from the West that are actually winning. Also, the magnitude of the slave trade stripped Africa from their viable people that is strong men and women who could help elevate their economies. Africa was left with women, elders, and children. Asia never had an exodus of their people to work on another continent.

      Also the level of brainwashing that the black race had to undergo is nothing compared to other racial groups.

      Of course it is more complicated. But I wanted you to know that the black race, albeit the oldest race on the planet, is still yet to recover from the nightmare of colonialism. It does not help either that most blacks, including Africans, do not have ANY IDEA OF THEIR HISTORY. Bruno, you should pick up a book and read. It is more complex. The West which includes England, the States, etc, will not be where they are if not for the blood and sweat of the black race you are so quick to condemn.

  27. Can't deal

    August 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    wow! edDREAMZ has suddenly been shot mute by this clueless bruno, months back Mr edDREAMZ aka Currently in jupiter took the cake for having the most stupid comment ever but truly time changes things but in this case it’s sad that we now have a psycho on rampage. Bruno please go get your head checked, am scared and alarmed at your stupidity!

  28. inz

    August 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Maybe you guys should learn to ignore Bruno. no one is THAT! stupid unless he has some mental issues he needs to see a doctor for….whatever shaa, its obvious he says these things for shock value.
    Now all the comments are about him and not about the topic at hand.
    exactly what he wants….stop feeding him

  29. Ad

    August 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Bruno the negropean!….wacko

  30. henrietta

    August 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Na wa o! please let’s all leave this talk and simply say RIP to the deceased.
    God will continually protect us all whether black or white, Amen. All we need to do is walk in his ways shikena!

  31. sum1special

    August 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm


  32. Jane Public

    August 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    You know @bruno’s greatest regret in life? He was born black and no matter whatever views he has, he will always remain black. If you like think like them, act like them, walk like them, bleach sef, you will never be white. You get into their country, you will be treated the same. So, if you like bend over (oops, that is probably your favourite position in life, lol) and play Uncle Tom, you will ALWAYS remain black. They will never accept you as one of them. Sadly, you don’t even have the money, clout, intelligence, or fame for them to even tolerate you sef, The Lord who created you sure does have a sense of humour. You don’t need to believe in HIm, but it must sure hurt you to your bone that you are black, Nigerian on top. Gosh, I feel quite sad for you because you are never going to know what happiness and peace in your own skin feels like. The eternal rush to be someone else or like someone else will never bring you acceptance. Learn to love yourself and your skin bruno. This self hate will poision your soul, if it hasn’t started already cos as a Bella Naijarian on the Robin Williams post beautifully wrote “so stop feeling special like you have something to prove. It reeks of desperation. What is more amusing (and somewhat pitiful) is that based on your comments you don’t even appear to be a nice person religion aside, so really you’re not an ambassador for any beliefs worth converting to.” GBAM!!!!

    • bruno

      August 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      @jane, yes you understand me, oya clap for yourself you’re so smart, Mumu , (this is the last last time I will reply you felicia, you are dismissed)

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      August 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      One day Bruno will hang herself when her dear boyfriend the only person she believes in this world will get up, convert and marry a christian sister… Lol! Bruno you are dying small small.. It s sad that you can not see it and i still repeat Jesus Loves you and will continue to love you. You need Jesus, yes Just Jesus, you don’t need your boyfriend cos men will come and go, you will need a permanent person ok. Stop ranting on blogs

  33. Kevin

    August 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    JUsticE AmeriCan SylE

  34. chi-e-z

    August 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Oh ok, now I know why my bro posted those 2 pics of himself left hazy tired right all dressed in suit with same tag…I feel so late.

  35. Vocalcords

    August 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Such an attention-seeker!!! everyone has fallen for it and is granting him audience when he just needs to be ignored. Ignore him and see how he will fizzle out. Sick of seeing his offensive comments. He needs to get the much needed help. RIP!

  36. Lorna

    August 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    So, Bruno is gay? why are you inviting only guys to check you out? @ his 10:50am comment…well, just noticed the timing on the comments aint right/don’t follow

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