He Laid in Silent Protest of Police Brutality with Four Bullets in His Back

Actor Keith Wallace was face down in Love Park during his one-man, silent protest against police brutality.

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August 16, 2014
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8.16.14: Philadelphia – (Politics): The scene in Philadelphia’s Love Park today bore a stark resemblance to the tragic day when Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old who was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, lied face down in the street with a trail of blood leaking from his body.

 

Actor Keith Wallace during his one-man, silent protest in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2014)

Actor Keith Wallace during his one-man, silent protest in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2014)

 

 

Directly under the iconic Love sign – which was draped loosely in caution tape – laid a black man with four bullet holes in his back. His left hand clung to the brim of a baseball cap and his lips unwillingly kissed the concrete.

A young girl stood just feet away with a small sign that read “call us by our names.”

Who was the man laying in his own blood?  A Philly-born actor named Keith Wallace who is trying to make an impact on what he perceives is the civil rights moment of his generation.

Though always angered by injustice – particularly when it involves the shooting of unarmed black men and boys –  Mr. Wallace seems more agitated than usual, one may assume the death of Mike Brown was the breaking point.

“I am racially charged not because I want to be, but because I have to be,” he writes on a double-sided piece of paper passed out during his silent protest, “I am racially charged because in certain instances, that hyper awareness may ensure that I make it home to my family at the end of the day. I am racially charged because I am not afforded the luxury to wander through life with my head in the (nonexistent) ‘post-racial America’ clouds. I see color because my color is seen, dismissed, devalued, and implicated as a threat everywhere I go. I am racially charged and if I make you uncomfortable by speaking out about it and calling attention to it, then I implore you to eradicate the ugliness I see every day in the world.

 

 

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A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

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